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Atletico Madrid don’t plan to change Griezmann’s routine despite impressive form

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Antoine Griezmann finds himself in a peculiar situation at Atletico Madrid through no fault of his own. The 31-year-old returned to the Civitas Metropolitano last year, joining from Barcelona on a two-year loan deal.

As part of the agreement, Atletico Madrid will be obligated to sign Griezmann permanently at the end of the season for a fee of €40 million. However, that clause will only be triggered if the Frenchman plays at least 45 minutes in 50% of the matches he is available for.

In order to avoid paying the aforementioned fee, Los Colchoneros have been holding Griezmann back this season. The forward is yet to start a single game in any competition and has only been sent onto the pitch as a sub after 60 minutes.

And, as reported by MARCA, Atletico Madrid do not plan on changing the routine with the forward anytime soon, despite his impressive run of form recently.

Griezmann has been in good nick of late and has scored three goals in five matches across all competitions this term, despite his reduced game-time.

Having scored the late winner in the La Liga match against Valencia late in August, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner repeated the feat again on Wednesday night when he found the back of the net 11 minutes into stoppage time to fire Atleti to a victory over FC Porto in the Champions League.

Despite the French international showing signs of red-hot form after coming on, manager Diego Simeone insisted that he is happy to keep using the on-loan Barcelona ace in the same way.

Griezmann, too, has admitted that the situation is out of his hands at the moment and he is trying to make the best of it.

Both the manager and the player seem to have accepted the club’s decision on the matter and there will be no change in Griezmann’s game-time situation for the foreseeable future even though the Barcelona ace is making valuable contributions.

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  1. Dan Burcea

    September 8, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    It’s not abot Atletico. It’s all about Griezmann, a loser without dignity.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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