Antoine Griezmann Decided to break the silence. The Barcelona striker has been disappointing since joining from Atletico Madrid at the start of last season, it is clear to everyone, and to him as well. Things have exploded in recent weeks when the player’s cousin and former agent, Eric Olates, has stated that Leo Messi is the ruler of a “terror regime” at Barça. The flare-up escalated when Messi landed in Barcelona last week and said: “I’m tired of being the problem of everything at this club” when he was left on the subject by journalists waiting for him at the airport.
Griezmann, after a conversation with Messi, finally decided to talk about everything openly to stop the wave of criticism. In a fascinating, unusual and juicy interview, which is even a little touching, the Frenchman spoke openly about the case after becoming a ‘goat to hell’, stressing that he has no problem with Messi and even teasing Barça’s leading candidate, Victor Pont, who recently described his signing as a ‘mistake’.
The harsh criticism created by a storm of his former agent and cousin, Eric Olates, towards Leo Messi: “Since I got married I’m not in touch with him. He’s not even come to my wedding, he’s not my agent and I have nothing to do with him. Because no one around me talks, such things can do great damage. It can create doubts in the locker room and in my relationship with Leo. “Messi knows I have a lot of respect for him, I learn from him. I told Leo I have nothing to do with him. I haven’t spoken to him in three years and I don’t even have his WhatsApp.”
“I told Leo to talk to make things clear, even though I don’t like it,” Griezmann continued. “I need some help from everyone. From the fans, from the club, from journalists. I already have help from my teammates. I need people to be soft with me. I hope after this interview they will relax a bit with me. Good for me in Barcelona, I want to help the team. “I can give to this club. Trust me when they signed me and now I want to restore the trust they gave me. I have no problem with anyone, I’m really fine just asking you to keep me calm.”
The move to Barcelona: “A year earlier I gave it up because I thought I was not ready, and then the moment came when I needed a change. Diego Godin and Lucas Hernandez left and I already felt ready enough. I spoke to Messi when I arrived and he told me he was disappointed I refused to come a year earlier because he had already said all “Things in public and in the end I decided not to come. He said he goes with me until death and that’s how I feel every day.”
“It has been difficult for us for two years,” the French national team player continued. “I think we have the quality and level to win important titles. It’s a period of play every three days, it’s hard. Whoever is injured for two months, loses 30 games. It is no coincidence that there are so many injuries.”
Reviews: “I accept them because I know they do not see the best Griezmann. I am an easy target because I do not speak and do not make my people speak. In my year and a half in the team three coaches have changed and it is very difficult. When you come from another team to Barcelona and you have three different coaches and plague “It’s hard at the moment, it’s weird. It makes you need more time. Then there are all sorts of comments being made, even by those who could be candidates for the club presidency who are talking whether I was a good signing or not.”
The period with Kika Stein as coach: “I had a good relationship with him. My parents sometimes told me to ask him why I’m not playing or why I’m on the bench and I said it did not make sense. After playing five minutes against Atletico Madrid last season he told me he wanted to talk to me and I told him there was no need. “He asked me how long I would be angry and I told him to be calm and that I would continue to work hard. I am still angry with him.”
The period with Ernesto Valverda as coach: “He asked me to play on the left wing, sometimes to go inside and sometimes to go to the empty spaces. He is the one who brought me to Barcelona and I have a lot of respect for him. I felt the confidence from him.”
Winning the 2018 World Cup with the French team: “We had a great team. Paul Pogba, Killian Ambape, who has everything to become number one. The friends gave me a lot of confidence and we all worked together like crazy in training and games. I thought we could do something. I told coach Didier Deschamps before the game against Argentina “We have to play 4-4-2 with Angulo Canta close to Leo Messi and that’s it. They told me ‘what do you think, that we are Atletico?’, But in the end we played 4-4-2.”
Griezmann also went back and talked about his time at Atletico Madrid: “I started to be the most important player at Real Sociedad and it was hard to leave. “I do not agree, it’s all the coach’s decision. Every training session with Diego Simeone was like a game, very intense. Diego Godin and Coca shouted at me because they wanted to push me and give me confidence.”
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