- Griezmann registered three assists in World Cup
- Checked out his finest for Les Bleus
- Simeone hailed his wealthy vein of type
WHAT HAPPENED? The France worldwide performed a starring position as a playmaker in Qatar to propel Didier Deschamp’s males to successive World Cup finals. He supplied service for Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud in assault all through the event, recording three assists, together with a shocking cross for the latter’s eventual winner against England in the quarter-finals. Griezmann was criticised for his performances for Atletico within the first half of the season because it was advised he wasn’t placing in most effort, however Simeone has by no means questioned his contribution and feels he silenced his doubters along with his shows in Qatar.
WHAT THEY SAID: “You must return and keep in mind seven days earlier than the World Cup, how he performed within the first sport [in the Copa del Rey] we had. He did it with the identical dedication, the identical dedication,” The Atletico boss has instructed reporters.
“Antoine all the time needed to be right here. He regained the love of the followers; [on] the sector [he] speaks, and it’s a good picture for his teammates, wanting them to achieve an necessary degree. He’s a rare participant even if many, many, thought in any other case.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Griezmann has recorded six objectives and eight assists in 23 appearances for Atletico this season despite being forced to accept a bench role before sealing a permanent return to the membership from Barcelona in October. Three of these assists have are available Atletico’s final two matches, together with their 2-0 win over Oviedo within the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
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WHAT NEXT FOR GRIEZMANN? The French ahead might be hoping to convey out his finest as soon as once more when he faces his former employers Barcelona in a vital La Liga encounter on Sunday on the Wanda Metropolitano.