Koeman will not take back Griezmann’s position in Barcelona

Koeman will not take back Griezmann’s position in Barcelona
Koeman will not take back Griezmann’s position in Barcelona
During the international break, France boss Didier Deschamps questioned Koeman’s decision to use Griezmann on the right wing of a 4-2-3-1 during Barca’s first three La Liga games in 2020-21.

The 29-year-old has only registered one shot on goal for the club this season and has yet to create one single chance for a teammate.

After playing behind two fronts from Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe in France’s 2-1 win over Croatia on Thursday (AEDT), Griezmann said TF1: “The trainer knows where to take me.”

Koeman told reporters at a press conference to preview Sunday’s meeting with Getafe that Griezmann needs to focus on producing his best display wherever it’s used.

“Everyone has the right to say what they want. I spoke to him yesterday, but not because of what he said. We talked about his position and his performance, ”Koeman said on Saturday.

“I’m looking for what’s best for the team, and if I think the more freedom he is on the right wing, then this is it.”

“He can also play as number 10 or nine, but in the end I decide for the good of the team and every player has to give his maximum performance for the team.”

When asked how Griezmann can improve, Koeman said, “He’s doing everything he can, which is to work hard, to be disciplined and to be lucky. There were four or five attacks that he had to do better.

“When I was the Dutch coach and we played against France, he played on the right side. No further discussion is required on this topic. The coach is responsible and has to get the best out of the players. ”

“I have no problem with Antoine. I never play someone in a position they can’t play. If there is another position that you like, we cannot play with 10 players in position 10. ”

With a Champions League game against Ferencvaros and the first Clasico of the season against La Liga champions Real Madrid next week, Koeman has no plans to use the Getafe game to rest Lionel Messi.

Messi played 180 minutes – 90 of them at 3,650 meters in La Paz – as Argentina began their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with wins against Ecuador and Bolivia.

“It always depends on the player. I ask how they are when they are tired. This afternoon we have our last training session and we will decide the team for tomorrow, ”said Koeman.

“He’s a player who, when he’s not playing, is more tired. He’s a winner who always wants to play, but I want to talk to him and the others and see how they are physically.

“He’s played a very tight schedule for many years. If there is a medical problem or fatigue, it is different, but he is able to play the next important games that are ahead of him. ”

The goalkeeper of choice, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, has not yet been seen this season after knee surgery and allegedly wanted to return to El Clasico in time.

Koeman doesn’t expect Ter Stegen to be ready to face Madrid, however.

“He’s been training on the fields since Tuesday and everything’s going well for the time being,” said Koeman said.

“I don’t think he’ll be ready for the Clasico. There is no need to set an appointment. He’s a great goalkeeper, but we’re calm. We are satisfied with Neto’s work. ”

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