Antoine Griezmann celebrates a goal against Athletic Club in a visit to San Mamés

A NEW TEST WITH BARÇA

Griezmann already knows how to be decisive in San Mamés

Published:5/02/2020 - 18:48h

Updated:5/02/2020 - 18:48h

Antoine Griezmann faces a big test at Barça again, in a demanding duel of Copa del Rey against Athletic Club. The french is really confident, because he already knows how to be decisive in San Mamés

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Although the crisis in the Camp Nou is news, the FC Barcelona is centred in his appointment of the Thursday with the Glass of Rey. From the 21:00 (peninsular schedule Spanish), the Catalans will go back to confront to a demanding examination, the one of an Athletic Club that already gave them a discontent in the first day of LaLiga and that now will measure if the project of Quique Setién takes carrerilla or has to surpass still some potholes more.

The preparador Cantabrian insists in leaving the institutional questions to a side, and putting the football on the table, the looks centre in the forward. Further of the reinforcements of the filial, as Álex Hill, the injury of Luis Suárez and the relapse of Ousmane Dembélé have left to this line in picture, since in spite of the leadership of Leo Messi, in the staff only remain Antoine Griezmann and the jovencísimo Ansu Fati.

The French, still immersed in a phase of adaptation that does that his performance was marked by the altibajos, has stepped forward, and has accepted to occupy of start the place of nine that did not reinforce in January. His characteristic are very distinct to the ones of the Uruguayan, but combining with the Argentinian and with the one of Guinea Bissau to the sides has attained to give solidity and more freshness to the overwhelmed front of attack.

In Saint Mamés, the one of Macon will be an argument to take into account, since in this same stadium has lived several nights for the memory. In total, has contested 19 meetings against the rojiblancos, with 11 victories, three ties and five defeats, in addition to eight targets. His registers no resienten too much in territory bilbaíno, where remains in four triumphs, two equalised and four tropiezos and five so many to his favour.

Especially remembered was one of his visits with the Real Sociedad, in which it started a traced back (2012-13). Ibai Gómez had put to the venues by in front, but after his tie, Imanol Agirretxe and Carlos Watches tieed up the three points. This yes, almost better went him with the Athletic of Madrid, in which it premièred this trip with 'hat-trick' (2014-15). Again it annotated Mikel Rico the first, but the ex realistic answered and after the so much of Raúl García, by then 'colchonero', rounded his file. In the course 2016-17 also collaborated in a tie to two.

Griezmann Against the 'curse' of Setién and Messi

The confidence of Griezmann contrasts with the 'curse' of Setién and Messi, that have pending accounts with the Athletic in Saint Mamés. The today technical barcelonista never has won in this stadium, and expects to première after the disappointments with UD The Palms and Real Betis. The one of Rosario himself has lived numerous successes against the 'lions', but has a spine nailed because never it has won them like visitor in the Glass of Rey. This Thursday, and explaining that the Frenchman lost in his première suspender belt like Barcelona, all they will have the opportunity to add another victory to the pigeonhole.

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