The Blaugrana worked hard to strengthen their attacking ranks in the summer of 2019. With a protracted transfer saga bringing the World Cup winner to their squad from domestic rivals Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann looks like a “Bad signing”
Barcelona can’t afford to “depend on the magic of Lionel Messi all the time,” Rivaldo admits. It is becoming increasingly apparent that Antoine Griezmann has been written off as a “bad signing”. The Blaugrana worked hard to strengthen their attacking ranks in the summer of 2019. With a protracted transfer saga bringing the World Cup winner to their squad from domestic rivals Atletico Madrid. It was expected that France International Griezmann would perform with Messi and Luis Suarez. With a prominent role in which the Brazilian star Neymar once flourished. Barca tried to return the South American superstar to their books. But turned to alternatives after being disappointed in their applications for doing business with PSG.
Messi can’t carry the team every time
Griezmann seemed like a reasonable addition when arriving in Catalunya. But questions were asked about his shape and working relationship with Messi and squad during 2019-20. Now he is on the bench, while Quique Setien waited until the 90th minute to present him in a 2-2 draw against Atletico de Madrid. Which can be expensive in the title crowbar with Clasico rivals Real Madrid. Rivaldo is confused as to why a proven performer, who is only 29 years old, has already been phased out. So Griezmann added 14 goals to the corporate business during the test campaign. The Blaugrana legend told reporters: “Barcelona cannot depend on the magic of Leo Messi all the time. He achieved his 700th goal with Barcelona, which is fantastic and only proves how fantastic he is as a player, always delighting his fans – but he cannot carry the team.
Barca lacks creativity and unpredictability in attack
“The game behind closed doors harmed Barcelona against Atletico. As the visitor did not encounter a hostile environment at Camp Nou. But that’s no reason for Barca’s disappointing performance since returning after the lockdown. “The lack of creativity and unpredictability in attack also comes from a lack of options on the bench for Quique Setien. I don’t see the player on the Barca bench entering the game and deciding the match, like the one against Atletico. If you want to change anything, you cannot wait for the end of the game and expect Antoine Griezmann to solve something by coming on in the 90th minute. I can’t understand why the world champion for France, the former star of Atletico Madrid for many years and the multi-million euro signing from Barcelona, can only come out in such an important game as the one that was against Atletico Madrid.”
“That shows me that the team has something bad because if you do not put Griezmann into the game of such importance. You assume that he is not in the best condition and could be a bad signing. It is a bit of a concern, the situation at Barcelona right now. And they may end up losing LaLiga.” The impasse against Atlético left Barca stuck in second place, a point from Real Madrid with Madrid going to play their game in hand when welcoming Getafe to Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.