FIRST VISIT TO THE METROPOLITANO
Koke talks about the reception of Atlético to Antoine Griezmann
Published:29/11/2019 - 20:12h
Updated:29/11/2019 - 20:12h
Barça and Atlético de Madrid will face each other this Sunday in the Wanda Metropolitano, in what will be the first duel of Antoine Griezmann with his former team. Koke has talked about the reception the french can expect
After a marked week by the Champions, LaLiga goes back to go in in scene, and does it with a decisive appointment like the Athletic of Madrid-FC Barcelona. In Wanda Metropolitan, the visitors defend a leadership shared with the Real Madrid, whereas the venues pretend to avoid that it escape a rival that has a party less and an advantage to his favour of six points. The swords will be in high in the capital.
This day will be special for Antoine Griezmann, that will visit for the first time to his ex club in which it does not do so much was his stadium. The one of Macon dressed during five seasons the T-shirt rojiblanca, but his relation with the fans remained touched by a threaten of escape in 2018 and the confirmation of this in 2019, when after renewing his agreement accepted that it paid his clause of rescission for mudarse to the City Condal.
The French expects a recibimiento hostile in the coliseo 'colchonero', although Diego Simeone and his men try that the focus of attention centre in the football. In his last appearance in front of the means, Koke Resurrection explained that for the staff this is not a meeting with a player, but with an opponent to the that it will be necessary to encourage to win: "Antoine gave everything in these five years here and has appreciated him ".
"Afterwards it is a rival, play against the Barcelona, no against Griezmann and go to try the best so that the people go happy", underlined, asking the support of the terracing although the last results have not been of the all positive: "I think that the fan always has faith to his team and always goes us to support, in the good and in the bad, like this are the ones of the Atleti. The environment goes to be spectacular and our people goes to be to 200% with us".
Besides, when it was questioned by the possible whistles to the forward, did not want to 'wet' too much, and insisted in that in the changing room of the Athletic, the only that matters are the three points that are at stake: "The people has his opinion and it is necessary to respect it. There are people that pita, another that applauds and is his decision. If it would hurt me I save it to me for me, we are centred in the party, no in Griezmann".
Koke Does not think that the Barça was an affordable rival
Although the Barça also has his problems, Koke does not think that was an affordable rival, and does not expect that the ones of Ernesto Valverde give eases: "For nothing. It is one of the best teams of the world, have to the best player of the world and need that our people support us to the maximum. It depends on we go out to be regular and play in our house in front of our people. It will be very difficult, but want to that the people enjoy".
Finally, it referred to the fault of goal of the Athletic, a subject aggravated by the course of Griezmann: "it is not only question of the forwards. The means created this game so that it arrive them to them, worse in occasions is the other way around and are we those that receive passes of danger, by what have to contribute up. Álvaro did not have the fortune to mark in these last parties and Saúl, Thomas, Herrera or I can contribute from second line and add more goals".