Griezmann in trouble after unconvincing display in the opener


Barcelona fans criticized their new signing Antoine Griezmann for his poor showing in their La Liga opening campaign on Friday against Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

Griezmann, who was signed for 120 million euro buyout clause from Atletico Madrid, failed to deliver what the Blaugrana fans expected in a match that was played without the captain, Lionel Messi.

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Messi was out after suffering a calf injury in training before his side’s brief pre-season tour of the United States and had not yet returned to full training a day before his side visited Athletic.

A lacklustre Barcelona were downed 1-0 by Athletic, thanks to football veteran Aritz Aduriz (38) who smashed home a spectacular scissor-kick goal in the 89th-minute just after coming into the match.

In his interview after the match, Griezmann stated that: “We dominated the game but it cost us what it costs most in football. A goal. But we will improve.”

His comments landed him in a polar state as Barcelona fans backlashed him for failing to take charge of the game. Below are some of their reactions;

This become Barcelona’s third defeat to Athletic Bilbao without Messi in their recent head-on matches.


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