Antoine Griezmann Remains Proud To Defend Barcelonastadium | April 27, 2021 | 0 | NEWS
Antoine Griezmann is used to being the focal point of the team’s attack during his time at Atletico Madrid and he has played a different role since moving to Barcelona, but the French forward admits he is delighted to be playing for the Catalan giants.
France forward Antoine Griezmann has said he is proud to play with Barcelona, even though it means he will have to play a secondary role in his team’s attack and can no longer feature in his favorite role.
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The 30-year-old has seen himself positioned as one of the two strikers in attack alongside Lionel Messi in recent weeks, although he is more accustomed to playing as the team’s sole focal point particularly during his time at Atletico Madrid.
After a disappointing mid-season, Ronald Koeman switched to a 3-5-2 formation and Barcelona’s fortunes continued to improve and even made them the league’s best team based on their performance over the new year 2021.
The Catalan giants’ impressive form continued on Sunday evening, when they came from behind to beat Villarreal at the Stadion de la Ceramica and snatch a 1-2 win thanks to two goals scored by Antoine Griezmann.
This is the French forward’s 11th goal in La Liga in 30 appearances or 18 goals in 45 games in all competitions, and the former Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid star now admits that he feels very proud to play for Barcelona.
“I try to be there, in between the center-backs,” he told La Liga TV after leading Barcelona to beat Villarreal with two goals. “I need to make space and create space for my team-mates.”
“This is not my natural position, but I am proud to be at Barcelona and playing with these team-mates. Sometimes I am asked to mark opponents, other times I lead attacks, but I always work for the team. ”
Two Goals From Antoine Griezmann Between Barcelona Equals Real Madrid’s Points
Barcelona won 2-1 away to Villarreal thanks to two goals from Antoine Griezmann, they are now level on points with Real Madrid and still have one Spanish League match remaining.
Barcelona are now threatening Real Madrid’s position in second place in the Spanish League standings thanks to an away win at Villarreal headquarters on Sunday (25/4) at Estadio De La Ceramica.
Despite being left behind in the first half through Samuel Chukwueze’s goal, Barca immediately managed to equalize two minutes later through ANtoine Griezmann’s goal. And ten minutes before the break, Griezmann’s second goal turned the lead to 2-1 for Barcelona.
The first goal of the game came in the 26th minute of the first half, Barca players clustered too much up front and Pau Torres sent the ball to Samuel Chukwueze with a pass that cut through the Barca defense. The Nigerian player shot after the ball, outwitted Marc-Andre ter Stegen and found the visitors’ goal from a tight angle.
Villarreal’s lead did not last long, Antoine Griezmann managed to reply to equalize to 1-1 in the 28th minute. Mingueza sends the ball to Griezmann. Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo tried to get out of the way to shut down Griezmann’s move, but failed! The Barca bomber sent the ball past the keeper and into the net, the score was 1-1.
Ten minutes before the break, Griezmann got his name back on the scoreboard! Griezmann scores his second from a bad backpass! Home defender Juan Foyth paid no attention and sent the ball casually towards Asenjo. Griezmann cut the ball and his first-time shot shot past the keeper and into the net. Without a doubt, this goal came from Foyth’s fatal blunder!
In the 65th minute of the second half, instead of catching up, Villarreal player Manu Trigueros got a red card! The Villarreal midfielder tackled Messi harshly against La Pulga’s shin.
Until the match was over, the score 1-2 between Villarreal and Barcelona lasted until the referee blew the long whistle.