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Griezmann shows why Barça changed him for Coutinho

Published:24/01/2020 - 00:20h

Updated:24/01/2020 - 01:02h

He has been at Barça for half a season and it cannot be said that he has completed his adaptation stage, but Antoine Griezmann begins to give joy to the fans. Little by little, the french shows why the catalans changed him for Philippe Coutinho

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The market of signings of the summer 2019 caused big movements in the FC Barcelona, that did a change sounded in his forward. The Catalans decided to keep to Leo Messi and Luis Suárez and tantearon to Neymar, but like the Brazilian did not attain to go out of the PSG, opted for remaining with Ousmane Dembélé, do with the services of Antoine Griezmann and give exit to Philippe Coutinho, yielded to the Bayern of Munich.

The one of Macon is not exactly the spare of the carioca, but with the injuries of his compatriot, has consolidated in the trident. Since fugó, precisely, the one of Sao Paulo, anybody has fit to perfection with the two greater stars barcelonistas, since to the of Vernon have eaten it to him the injuries and to the others two, mainly by tactical reasons, has cost them accommodate in a demanding left band.

What calls the attention is that the ex of the Athletic is going of less to more, and confirming reason changed him by the one of River. In spite of that share his taste by the football of touch, show with frequency to the area and has quality to combine, are two very distinct profiles, and in the delivery and, especially, in the goal, is winning the champion of the world, that in spite of everything can not relax and has a lot for showing.

In his first six months like Barcelona, Griezmann almost has equalised the figures of the last course of Coutinho in the Camp Nou. With his doublet to the Ibiza, the one who was pupilo of Diego Simeone accumulates 11 so many and four assistances in 27 parties in all the competitions, and wins in this account and in the one of minutes (has attained it in 2.181) to the today attacker Bavarian, that planted in 11 and five in 54 apparitions (3.345 minutes).

The problem for Philippe is that his performance was of more to less, and his contribution remained gravely limited. His first six months in the City Condal were exceptional, since it materialised 10 goals and six assistances in hardly 22 meetings, with 1.483 minutes (22 targets, 14 assistances and 42 commitments, with 2.992 minutes if it adds him also the rest of the year in Liverpool). Afterwards, it fell in hammered, and in the Bundesliga has recovered slightly the smile, approaching to the registers of Antoine, since it carries seven so many and seven assistances in 23 crashes (1.520 minutes).

The Barça will have to take decisions in summer

It was as it was, the Barça will have to take decisions in summer, and Griezmann wants to win his continuity in the staff. Even in his worst moments like culé, the French has offered a defensive effort that the rest of competitors in his place have difficult to equalise. Beside him, Messi and Suárez could begin to dosificarse more, and Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez, if it does not move , win something more than leadership.

With names like Neymar or Lautaro Martínez in the sight, the minutes go to be expensive, and Dembélé and the own Coutinho will have to show that they deserve a place. The club always has defended that the Frenchman is a bet of future, but the credit finish him and the injuries do not give respite him. The carioca, by his part, could see like the Bayern does not exert his option of purchase, and will have to decide if it encourages for convincing to Quique Setién, or looks for a definite exit to another group of maximum level. All the letters are on the table.

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