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Simeone believes Antoine Griezmann would maintain standards at Atletico Madrid

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Simeone believes Antoine Griezmann would maintain standards at Atletico Madrid

Simeone believes Antoine Griezmann would maintain standards at Atletico Madrid

At Atletico Madrid, Antoine Griezmann had a slow start to his second season, but he has since found form. The coach Diego Simeone believes Antoine Griezmann is beginning to display the quality for which he was re-signed by Atletico Madrid. At the end of August, Griezmann returned to Atleti in a last-minute loan football transfer from Barcelona,  just two years after leaving the Wanda Metropolitano for the Camp Nou.

The World Cup winner scored 20 goals in all competitions for Barcelona last season after a difficult first season at the club. In the previous season, only Lionel Messi and Griezmann scored more goals for the Blaugrana with Griezmann’s total just one below Atleti’s leading scorer Luis Suarez (21).

On the other hand, Griezmann didn’t exactly strike the ground running when he returned to Atleti. He had to wait until the end of September for his first goal, which came in a 2-1 Champions League win against Milan, before scoring twice against Liverpool in October before being sent off. However, he has now scored in two of his last three LaLiga games, with a shooting conversion rate of 25%, which is similar to Suarez’s 25.81, despite Suarez scoring three goals more than his teammate.

On Friday, ensuring he will be available to play against Milan next week, Griezmann’s two-game Champions League suspension was reduced to one match. Atleti’s first game comes against Osasuna on Saturday, and Simeone is pleased with Griezmann’s previous performances. “Comparisons are always bad,” Sportmax football news claims that Simeone told a news conference when asked how the Griezmann of 2021 matched up with the player who left Atleti in 2019.

“That one was younger, this one has more experience, more national team matches, with Barcelona, and little by little, he is finding the best version of himself. We need him the same as in the games against Real Betis and Valencia [before the international break]. That is the footballer we went to find, the one that the people want and the team needs.”

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