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Griezmann talks about his Atletico Madrid return stint: “It is a great pride for me”



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Antoine Griezmann is going through a rough patch of form. The 31-year-old hasn’t scored or assisted in each of his last nine games. In fact, since the turn of the year, the World Cup winner has only provided two assists.

While no one can really question his commitment, the numbers are just not adding up for him to get in the good books of the Atletico Madrid faithful.

Since football resumed from the international break, Griezmann was the first name to come off in four consecutive matches which more or less portrays the level of trust Diego Simeone now has in his forward.

A dry spell like this is certain to affect an athlete’s mental health, but speaking in an exclusive interview with GQ, the forward has explained that he is working on winning the trust back.

“We are working on it. I have to win the trust of the fans and I know how to do it, I can only do it on the field, working game by game. It is a great pride for me to play at Atletico de Madrid,” he said.

“I am very happy in Madrid, my family is very happy to be here. What I like to do the most right now is to be with my children. Since we play every 3 days, you don’t have so much time with your family, and that’s what I want to do the most in my free time,” he added.

Used across five different positions this season, Griezmann has struggled for game time which is mostly down to his lack of fitness, especially in the second half of the season.

“I’m fine, although I’m already older. The years are passing… I was injured this year. Right now I’m feeling better, and I can enjoy football again,” he said.

Griezmann has scored some crucial goals for every team he has ever played for. So when asked about his favourite goals, he was quick to point out two.

“I keep two goals,” he said. “The first was the one I scored in the Champions League, with Real Sociedad, against Olympique de Lyon.” 

“The second was the first goal scored at the Wanda Metropolitano. I put it against Malaga. I like it because that goal is going to make my name go down in the history of the club and the stadium.”

International break in football brings a much-needed change in the scenario for the footballers, They get to see fresh faces and even the training drills are of different intensity.

Speaking on the subject, Griezmann explained how training with the French squad is different from that of Atletico’s drills.

“With Atletico de Madrid the work is more continuous, more complete because we have more time. It is the club with which I can train 5 days a week if necessary, and you can train both physically and tactically.” 

“However, working with the selection is different. We can only be together for a few days, so we work more on tactics,” he added.

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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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