Simeone (still) under the spell of the Frenchman

Diego Simeone and Antoine Griezmann ISABEL INFANTES / PANORAMIC

The Atlético Madrid coach is full of praise for the French international’s latest performances.

Diego Simeone estimated on Saturday that “the progress of Antoine Griezmann is extraordinary” and assured that the team “play different footballwhen the Frenchman feels good, while Atlético Madrid travels to Camp Nou on Sunday (9 p.m.) to face FC Barcelona in La Liga. “We suffered from his absences for a good part of last season, because he hadn’t managed to regain his level, and the same for the first part of this season… But now he’s fine“Assured Simeone in a pre-match press conference on Saturday.

«There have already been players who have changed positions for the good of the team. Griezmann’s progression is extraordinary. He’s a noble boy, a team player, and when he feels good, we play different football“, Noted the Argentine technician, a true totemic figure of the French world champion, repositioned this season as an attacking midfielder and in a role of conductor of Atlético. “I will always remember the last match before the World Cup, I saw him running like an 18-year-old kid when he was to fly to Qatar four days later. That, not all players have. But he has it“complimented Simeone.

Sparkling since his return from the World Cup, “Grizou“Scored another double on Sunday to carry his team against Almeria (2-1). He has 11 goals this season in the league, not far from the leaders Karim Benzema (14 goals) and Robert Lewandowski (17 goals), silent last weekend. In the standings, Atlético, third, now points two small points behind Real Madrid, but thirteen points behind FC Barcelona, ​​leader with 73 points.


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