The France international is the third member of the attacking trident of the Blaugrana along with Leo Messi and Luis Suarez.
Antoine Griezmann was the outstanding signing of Barcelona last summer and one of the largest in their history due to his price, quality, and potential. The France international is the third member of the attacking trident of the Blaugrana along with Leo Messi and Luis Suarez. However, in recent weeks his contribution during the games has fallen significantly. Even though Quique Setien called him “indisputable” until the victory of Barcelona over Leganes, he dropped out of the coach’s plans. This season, Griezmann spent 38 matches for Barcelona, with 31 of them coming to LaLiga. The only LaLiga fixture he missed so far in this campaign against Sevilla at Camp Nou in Matchday 8 when he watched the game from the bench.
Antoine is an excellent player
Before the break in the season, the striker just started on the bench in LaLiga in that clash with Sevilla and another with Real Valladolid. That trend continued when the season resumed in June when former Atletico Madrid started his first two games with Barcelona. Before the second against Leganes at Camp Nou, Setien nailed his colors to the mast. “He is an undeniable player,” Setien said of Griezmann. “He has played almost every match since I was here. Griezmann is an excellent player, we will continue to count on him, and he will continue to play a key role because he is crucial for this team.” He may have been an essential player for both Ernesto Valverde and Setien, but he is no longer.
The first five games of Barcelona, even after the break, Griezmann started three and completed 90 minutes in just one – the visit of Leganes. He was replaced against Real Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao and started on the bench against Sevilla and Celta Vigo. Griezmann became a victim of Setien’s rotation policy. So Martin Braithwaite and Ansu Fati getting a start in attack as well. “Only 11 can play,” Setien said after Griezmann limited himself to a substitute role at Balaidos. “I know there are players with a certain reputation, but everyone can play, but everyone can’t.” Griezmann can return to Setien’s starting line-up for a visit to his former club Atletico on Tuesday night, but his role with the current Blaugrana boss is diminishing.