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Griezmann opens up on Atletico Madrid move, winning over the fans in documentary

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When Antoine Griezmann left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona in 2019, he left a sour taste in the mouth of several Rojiblanco fans. After all, he was a player who they considered their own and whose departure was seen as a betrayal.

When that happened fans outside Wanda Metropolitano vandalised the Frenchman’s plaque brutally and directed nasty chants toward him to show their anger toward the player. 

Needless to say, many supporters were not in favour of his return on loan last year and called on the board to reject the move.

In the team’s documentary “Another Way of Living: Atletico de Madrid” released recently on Amazon Prime video, Griezmann can be seen acknowledging the same and giving his thoughts on winning back the support.

“I understand that some people [Atlético Madrid fans] are still not happy with my presence here and I try to work at 10,000% to turn that around, and I’m in the process of trying to make people fall in love with me again.”

Later in the documentary, he also explained the butterflies in his stomach when he completed his return to the Metropolitano and said that he could not sleep that night.

“From 10:00 PM until 12:00 AM, when the deal was sealed, I was in bed feeling every possible emotion. And finally, I screamed with joy at 12:01 AM. I was very happy.”

While he has been in good form this season, Griezmann finds himself in a complicated situation. Los Rojiblancos do not intend to activate the purchase clause on his loan and have been playing him only after the 60th minute to ensure that he does not meet the required time clause. 

Barcelona are preparing legal action against the Madrid-based side, but Atletico are confident that they will come out on top in court.

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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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