Each time Antoine Griezmann (32 years previous) is transcendental in a recreation, Diego Pablo Simeone’s vanity as a coach skyrockets. It’s the nice particular person work of him within the dimension and molding of a footballer. A singular world determine within the defensive effort and within the occupation of various positions which have led him to develop into the chief and the cornerstone with which the coach hopes to reverse the unhealthy season signed to date. His function in tonight’s appointment on the Bernabéu appears important for this. “He provides us options in several methods. He has a objective and creates probabilities ”, his coach not too long ago praised him.
Within the season wherein the determine of Simeone has been questioned probably the most, Griezmann’s efficiency has additionally been the coach’s nice protection towards inside and exterior criticism. It represents the canon of the full footballer that Simeone defends and didn’t know or couldn’t take in João Félix. Therefore, he went to Chelsea.
Griezmann’s ascendancy on this limping Atlético and his complicity with the coach have been decisive for the current hiring of Memphis Depay. Simeone has not had a greater adviser on how optimistic the signing of the Dutch striker may very well be. The 2 solely met for a few months, however Griezmann grew to become satisfied that, Messi apart, Depay is among the finest footballers he has skilled with and with whom I used to be in a position to type an incredible partnership. Whereas the switch was being cast, conversations between the 2 have been frequent.
In entrance of Simeone, as if he have been a scout or a sports activities director, Griezmann defended, amongst different virtues of Depay, that he was a participant who performed nicely from behind, a rock able to holding the ball equal to or higher than Diego Costa. It was no coincidence that Cholo cited the Spanish-Brazilian striker when he was questioned on the press convention after the final assembly with Valladolid (3-0) to outline Depay. “I see him just like Diego Costa, who was not a pure striker. After we put him as a middle ahead it was as a result of he had the circumstances, though he needed to play nearer to the wing ”.
Griezmann additionally cleared up doubts about whether or not Depay may very well be a problematic participant within the dressing room or for the membership. He’s satisfied that his need to point out the Barcelona leaders that they have been unsuitable about him will weigh closely on his self-discipline and his involvement in adapting to Simeone’s script. Each are united by the sporting revenge with the Barça management as a result of Griezmann additionally felt underappreciated.
The Frenchman has rediscovered himself at Atlético with the management he by no means had at Barcelona. In his return, after an irregular first season, he has established himself because the footballer who units Atlético’s biorhythms. After beginning this course restricted to taking part in half an hour till Atlético paid 20 million to Barcelona, the World Cup confirmed, besides within the closing, that he has reached full soccer maturity. Since Qatar, his recreation and his numbers have skyrocketed. He has six targets and 6 assists and his final objective towards Valladolid positioned him because the third prime scorer within the membership’s historical past (148), solely surpassed by Luis Aragonés (172) and Escudero (169).
These 148 targets additionally make Griezmann the highest scorer within the Simeone period, 73 greater than the participant with the second most targets underneath the Argentine coach, who’s none aside from Diego Costa (75).
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