Each time Antoine Griezmann (32 years outdated) is transcendental in a sport, Diego Pablo Simeone’s vanity as a coach skyrockets.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 novel world determine within the defensive effort and within the occupation of various positions which have led him to turn out to be the chief and the cornerstone with which the coach hopes to reverse the dangerous season signed thus far. His function in tonight’s appointment on the Bernabéu appears important for this. “He offers us options in several methods. He has a aim and creates possibilities ”, his coach not too long ago praised him.
Within the season during which the determine of Simeone has been questioned essentially the most, Griezmann’s efficiency has additionally been the coach’s nice protection in opposition to inside and exterior criticism. It represents the canon of the entire footballer that Simeone defends and didn’t know or couldn’t soak up 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 might 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 educated with and with whom I used to be capable of type an amazing 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 properly 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. Once we put him as a middle ahead it was as a result of he had the situations, though he wished to play nearer to the wing ”.
Griezmann additionally cleared up doubts about whether or not Depay might be a problematic participant within the dressing room or for the membership. He’s satisfied that his need to indicate the Barcelona leaders that they have been improper 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 ultimate, that he has reached full soccer maturity. Since Qatar, his sport and his numbers have skyrocketed. He has six objectives and 6 assists and his final aim in opposition to 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 objectives additionally make Griezmann the highest scorer within the Simeone period, 73 greater than the participant with the second most objectives below the Argentine coach, who’s none apart from Diego Costa (75).
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