Back to the starting box for Antoine Griezmann (30 years old). That was the big issue at the end of the transfer window, and it has just materialized with the transfer on Tuesday of Griezmann to Atlético de Madrid, in the form of ‘a loan with option to buy, from BarÃ§a.
A time evoked by the Spanish press and in particular Catalan, the exchange with Joao Felix could not face the refusals of the leaders of Atlético. The two clubs nevertheless continued their discussions to finally agree on a dry transfer from the French international.
It’s a homecoming for the world champion, two years after a painful start, which left its mark on Madrid. The supporters, who could very well make him pay for it by giving him a tumultuous reception for his firsts will certainly remember that it was at the Atlético that Griezmann got his first feats of arms in club, reaching in particular the final of the Champions League with the Rojiblancos.
Missing out on his game and briefly whistled by the Barcelona public in what will remain his last game with BarÃ§a, Griezmann has never really flourished in Catalonia. Not really accepted in Catalonia since the emotion aroused by the episode of his true-false transfer, his very slow adaptation and the decline progressive development of a team that has been looking for a coach for a long time and an identity has not favored its integration.
In Barcelona in two seasons, Antoine Griezmann scored 35 goals and delivered 17 decisive assists in 99 matches played, almost as many as in the only 2017-2018 financial year played with AtlÃ © tico (29 goals and 15 assists in 49 matches). Pushed out by the Catalan leaders, Griezmann will find a coach, Diego Simeone, who holds him in high esteem. Perfect for getting off to a new start.