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Atlético Madrid – Bayern Munich: Griezmann put Ribéry in the shade

With Atlético Madrid-Bayern Munich tonight a topaffiche on the program in the Champions League. Starring: Antoine Griezmann. The French playmaker this season, with even more praise from his coach Diego Simeone.

Antoine Griezmann © / Cordon Press

“He reads the game now in an admirable manner. You can give him a position in the tactical scheme, but in the game he sometimes has problems in a different zone and he is going to solve these problems in the best possible way. Recently, he ended the match almost as a second defensive midfielder. Hopefully he can that progression continue books.’

Diego Simeone, coach of Atlético, this season is full of praise on Antoine Griezmann. The French 25-year-old striker, who was declared best player of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in France, is under the Argentinian has become a much more complete footballer.

That also has Eric Olhats, the scout Griezmann at the age of thirteen to Real Sociedad took, seen. ‘Technology has always been the main quality of Antoine. Previously, he had not yet physically up to much space to cover. Now he can take his technique to use in different positions because he’s physically grown.”

It makes him hard to play. Sometimes he moves himself forward on the flank, sometimes he goes deep in the cusp, sometimes acts as if he’s number 10, and sometimes he has to defend in the sixteen meters. That flexibility, he demonstrated last week yet again in the top match against FC Barcelona (1-1). It is one of the main subjects of his mentor Simeone.

Save there but once his biography, Creer (to Believe). Therein tells the coach: ‘ever since I was little, I felt that playing football is also something with spaces. The minute that the ball does not have, in fact, are more numerous than the minutes with the ball. And in those minutes without the ball you must know where you are going. So it goes in this game where we are all so in love with it because of the ball, understand not to hit the ball.’

For Griezmann in June, extending the contract (until 2021) signed, he called first with Simeone. The coach had in his disappointment after the lost CL final to indicate that he would leave Atlético. PSG and Chelsea pulled on his sleeve. But Griezmann got a reassuring message: “He confirmed to me that he would stay. I have much to learn from him.’

That Simeone the striker to a new dimension in the bring, also Albert Ferrer, the former right back of FC Barcelona, stuck in L’equipe. ‘He has the character and strength gained. He scores with a rarely seen ease. Give him two chances and get two goals. That does not take away the fact that he also works for the collective.’ Kiko, a former striker of Atlético, goes a step further: ‘Messi is from another planet, and plays in a other dimension. He is only in the first wagon. Cristiano is in the second, but Griezmann what to expect there now to be fixed, and knocks on the door… I see him in the near future, Ronaldo still surpass.’

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