The 29-year-old was the first of two Quique Setien’s substitutions made during Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Napoli in the second leg of their last-16 tie, and he accepts that he had to grow into that game.
It’s unusual thing to play without fans
Antoine Griezmann believes Barcelona are heading in the right direction as they advance to their Champions League quarter-finals against Bayern Munich on Friday. The 29-year-old was the first of two Quique Setien’s substitutions made during Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Napoli in the second leg of their last-16 tie, and he accepts that he had to grow into that game. “On a physical level, it’s exhausting due to the heat and the crowded games, but the unusual thing is to play without our fans and their support,” Griezmann said. “We see their posts on social media, and it helps us get through difficult times. On a personal level, I felt good to have a few days to recover and play against Napoli. In the first minutes of Napoli, I had no rhythm, but little by little, I felt better.
Bayern are not only Lewandowski
“We saw that they wanted to play a great game, and we are on the right track.” The Frenchman understands very well the threat that Bayern pose, though. “Bayern are playing stunningly, they have a great striker in Robert Lewandowski, but we also have the tools to play a great game,” Griezmann noted. “We have to look at our power and try to qualify. They are a very physical team that are used to having the ball. We have to make it difficult for them and play our game. Bayern are not only Lewandowski. The wingers get forward a lot. Thomas Müller, Serge Gnabry, is also excellent. The Poland international scores a lot of goals, but the danger comes from anywhere”. Nevertheless, Griezmann is confident that Barcelona can beat Bayern if they fulfill their game plan.
“We are looking forward to it, we have worked well tactically and are ready to play the game,” he stated. “We know that it will be difficult, but we know what we have to do to get to the semifinals. It will be a perfect match. We hope to play good play and take advantage of the quality that we have. We are in good shape, and we can play a good game and have to be together, front and back, and try to have the ball as much as possible.”