Barcelona resumed their UEFA Champions League clash with a bang after they defeated Dynamo Kyiv this Tuesday with a 4-0 score. However, the French superstar Antoine Griezmann didn’t start the match, although he came on the ground as a substitute for Philippe Coutinho in the 66th minute of the game. Shortly after, he scored a brilliant goal during injury time.
Lionel Messi also opted for a rest stint and didn’t go to Ukraine to participate in this game. The Argentine talisman is not having a great time with Griezmann these days according to the recent reports. And, the former agent and the uncle of the French striker also recently claimed that Messi was solely responsible for the inconsistent performance at Camp Nou.
Ronald Koeman claims Antoine Griezmann is still happy even after not staring at the UCL game against Dynamo Kyiv
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While talking about Antoine Griezmann and his omission from the starting squad, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman said in a news conference, “Griezmann was on the bench solely for a little physical problem we wanted to be careful with.” He then added, “It’s vital to give rest to some and playing time to those who work hard in training every day but haven’t played a lot.”
Barcelona manager said, “I have seen him [Griezmann] work from the beginning. He is a happy player, who always gives his best for the team and the club.” The Dutch football manager then said, “Too bad he has no luck scoring more goals. The only way to change this is to work harder. He is trying.”
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While talking about the performance of Barcelona this Tuesday, Koeman said, “This is the image of Barcelona we want to see. I liked the collective performance. They have worked hard, they pushed.” He then added, “They dominated the game sufficiently to be proud of their performance. We perhaps lacked a bit of effectiveness in the first half, but overall I’m very happy.”
Barcelona manager said, “We have seen a very hungry team. We scored four goals, important players were able to rest and the youngsters have deserved these minutes. They have delivered. I highlight the whole team.” Recently Griezmann said, “Since my arrival at Barcelona, I have not spoken. I said at the time that I only want to speak on the pitch, not publicly.” He further added, “I have been putting up with many different comments, and now I’ve said enough is enough. It is time to put things right.”