Lâ ???? Atlà © tico takes place on the lawn of Espanyol Barcelona this Sunday. A meeting marked by the return of Antoine Griezmann with the Colchoneros after a difficult experience at FC Barcelona.

The club kid is back. Keystone of Diego Simeone’s system before his departure for FC Barcelona in 2019, Antoine Griezmann returns to Atlético with a radically different status. Disappointing at Barça, the Frenchman has never been able to pull his pin out of the game in Catalonia and arrives in a sacred team in La Liga without him. For a huge challenge. TO?? many ways.

In two years at FC Barcelona, ​​the world champion has not convinced observers of the Catalan club. A mixed first season under the orders of Ernesto Valverde then Quique Setien, before recovering somewhat during the second exercise. Despite a generally honorable season with 20 goals scored in all competitions, “Grizou” is not unanimous and some voices are arguing for a start of the French number 7. At FC Barcelona, ​​Griezmann has never acclimated to the style of play based on excessive possession of the ball and the willingness to launch attacks. Some observers see it as the limits of its potential while others highlight the unfavorable context within a Catalan club in the midst of a sporting and financial crisis. TO?? you to judge â ?? ¦

On the ground side, the transplant never took. Or too rarely. The former Atlà © tico metronome excels in animation focused on rapid transitions, with spaces to exploit to quickly distill balloons to his teammates or to be at the conclusion of actions. An observation shared by the president of the club, Joan Laporta in the “Eleven” program: “In football terms, he was not the player we needed … I think that it did not fit into our system. ”A problem coupled with the position and role given to the French at Barça.

Antoine Griezmann lives up to expectations when he rides like a loose electron around the striker. In Catalonia, the keys to the game were naturally entrusted to metropolitan Leo Messi. The Macon native played either as a winger or in a center-forward position, without success. In a team in continuous loss of speed, the Frenchman has never been able to take the game in hand and assert himself as a leader. In the shadow of Messi, “Grizzie” did not manage to raise his level of play to become an essential option in the eyes of his 3 technicians. In the grip of consequent financial difficulties, FC Barcelona sought to separate themselves from number 7. An inevitable separation, shared by the main interested party who wanted to return to Madrid to revive. “I can’t wait to get home”.

Eager to win major titles by rallying FC Barcelona and Catalonia, Antoine Griezmann won only a Copa del Rey against Athletic Bilbao (0-4) in 2021. Meanwhile, Atlà © tico Madrid was once again successful on the national scene. Winner of the last edition of La Liga, Diego Simeone’s men won the 11th championship in their history.

A performance achieved without the former custodian of the game of the Madrilenians, 7 seasons after winning their last title. From 2014 to 2019, under the leadership of their former master to play, the Colchoneros had not managed to do better than two runner-up places in 2018 and 2019. Antoine Griezmann therefore returns to the box of © share, with a new status. Without having participated in this collective feat, the former Madrid virtuoso no longer has the same legitimacy and must prove that he can once again become an indisputable holder in the eyes of Diego Simeone.

The reconquest also concerns the fans of Atlético Madrid who did not all digest his departure to FC Barcelona. A fan favorite, he had already spilled a lot of ink in 2018 as part of the controversial ‘Decision’ before joining Barça a year later. President Enrique Cerezo has anticipated and urges supporters to support Griezmann’s return to Atlético “I hope the supporters are aware that Antoine Griezmann is a necessary player to meet again fulfill our dreams and desires. When he left all I said was that in Barcelona they wouldn’t like him as much as they do here. ??? Espanyol will be important for the world champion in order to find, as quickly as possible, this famous communion between the public and the new number 8 in Madrid.

Without being particularly brilliant in the game, the Colchoneros have shown themselves solid in his absence, the hallmark of Diego Simeone. A title marked by the gradual implementation of a new 3-5-2 game system. Luis Suarez’s arrival in the 2020 transfer window was also crowned with success as evidenced by his 21 league goals. With the current closing of Angel Correa, author of 3 achievements in as many meetings, the hopes placed in Joao Felix and the versatility of Marcos Llorente, Antoine Griezmann nâ ???? not arrive in conquered ground.

However, the playing philosophy advocated by the Argentinian technician corresponds to the qualities of the new number 8 of the Colchoneros.

After a long journey through the desert, the native of Macon arrives at a pivotal moment in his career. By reuniting with his mentor Diego Simeone and playing principles which suit him perfectly, the Frenchman aspires to once again show the full extent of his talent in his former favorite garden, which is why he still has to tame again.

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