A few days before the start of the European Nations Championship 2020, Antoine Griezmann gave an interview to the French newspaper L’Equipe, in which he admitted that he intends to put his season with Barcelona behind his back.
“Those who know football understand that I do well everywhere. In the national team the ball always passes through me, I feel more free, as I used to when I was at Atletico Madrid. In Barcelona it was complicated and the criticism was sometimes exaggerated But in 2021, I hope it will be better,” said the 30-year-old French striker, alleviating some of the annoyance of coach Ronald Koeman:
“At the beginning of the season I wasn’t playing and I didn’t feel important. You’re used to playing big games all the time and I see myself on the bench against Real Madrid. You’re upset, but it’s the coach’s decisions and we have to accept them, and we do everything he can to change his mind.”
Griezmann also spoke about Lionel Messi: “We understand each other very well. We exchange messages and communicate a lot in training. He is a very easy player to play with. You send him a watermelon and he turns it into caviar. You don’t have the pressure to miss a pass with him. This year has been complicated because of injuries and a system Not everyone was at their best, but now a new season will start with new signings.”