Head coach Quique Setien in Barcelona admitted that playing Antoine Griezmann is troublesome without “destabilizing” the team as he tossed into further uncertainty the fate of the Frenchman.
Griezmann was a 90th-minute substitute for the previous Atletico Madrid team, which on Tuesday won a 2-2 draw to safeguard Barca’s La Liga champions.
At the start of the season, a €120 million marking from Atletico, Griezmann arrived during a great deal of fervor at the same time, the star forward battled at Camp Nou, where he appeared as of late on the seat against Seville and Athletic Bilbao.
Explaining Griezmann ‘s position on the seat as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Riqui Puig began in the third attack, Setien said: “It’s hard to welcome him on without destabilizing the squad.”
Griezmann has scored eight goals in La Liga this season, and 14 in all Barca second-placed rivalries.
In any case, Griezmann hasn’t scored in the principal leg of their Champions League last-16 tie before the coronavirus pandemic in February, following Barca’s 1-1 draw against Napoli.
Setien said: “I understand that it is hard for Griezmann to come on because there is so brief period left. I’m going to talk to him tomorrow I’m not going to say sorry because [it’s about] choices. In any case, I understand that he may feel bad and I feel bad for him because he’s a great and professional individual.”
Messi scored his 700th career goal yet at the same time dropped more points in the title race as Barca faltered.
Diego Costa’s own goal of the eleventh moment had brought Barca ahead eight minutes later before the penalty restored parity for Atletico by Saul Niguez.
Messi changed over his five-minute penalty into the subsequent half to celebrate his milestone goal, yet another Saul spot-kick – in the 62nd moment – earned Atletico a draw.
Barca is one point behind Real Madrid leaders who, with a success over Getafe on Thursday, will push four as Setien’s tension builds.