Barca provided the essentials on Sunday. Opposed to Getafe in La Liga Matchday 3, Ronald Koeman’s side won 2-1 at Camp Nou. A victory that allows the Blaugrana to emerge among the six seven-point teams at the top of La Liga, on the same line as Real or Atletico Madrid. This success against the Madrid suburbs was also an opportunity for Memphis Depay, scorer of the winning goal, to extend his state of grace.
Conversely, this meeting will have been a new stage on the way of the cross experienced by Antoine Griezmann since the start of the season. In the first place obviously because of the whistles wiped by the tricolor world champion from the Catalan public. Boos that owe as much to the level of play displayed by the former Madrid player as to the departure of Lionel Messi, for whom many supporters hold him primarily responsible. The fault in particular with his XXL salary.
And his performance against Getafe obviously did not improve his odds. His statistics are confusing with still no goals, no assist and more dismaying still not the slightest shot on target, or the slightest key pass after three matches. Likewise, the Mâconnais managed only two meager dribbles when he has already lost no less than 33 balls. However, the French can always count on the support of Ronald Koeman.
“As a coach, I cannot understand the spectators who whistle one of our players,” said the Dutch technician. You can whistle if he doesn’t have the right attitude or if he doesn’t work, but he doesn’t. Antoine struggled in the game and didn’t have as many opportunities as you might hope, but it’s only one game. And the Barcelona coach went on to point out that the Catalan no.7 may not have been served enough. “We can ask him to score four goals… But we didn’t create the situations for him either. On the contrary in the second half, we lost a lot of balls, ”he added.