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De Jong and Griezmann, with the same problem at Barça

Published:24/12/2019 - 15:47h

Updated:24/12/2019 - 15:47h

Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann were the two star signings of last summer, but both recognize that it is hard for them to bring out their full level

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The past summer, the staff of the FC Barcelona suffered important changes. Philippe Coutinho left yielded to the Bayern of Munich and other players with fewer minutes like Rafinha or Denis Suárez also did the cases. This yes, also there were signings of big dimensions, as the ones of Frenkie of Jong and Antoine Griezmann.

Until the moment, so much the mediocentro Dutch like the French forward have left good feelings to the barcelonismo. Of Jong has turned into an intocable in the centre of the field of Ernesto Valverde and Griezmann understands every time better with Leo Messi and Luis Suárez, even marking some important goals in the last weeks.

In spite of that, in general lines, both are surrendering well, is an evidence that expects more than them to measure that go adapting fully to the Barcelona team. Especially, because any of the two is playing in the place in which they came it doing in his previous teams, something that both have recognised that it is supposing them a greater period of knowledge of the position.

A radical change

Of course, they have been two important changes. In the case of Of Jong, came to play in the Ajax like mediocentro in a double pivote, having at the side a footballer of containment that allowed him have more freedom to do of organiser. In the Barça, accustoms to play of interior, something that forces him to descolgarse in attack and to have more route, what supposes a task that was not accustomed to do before.

Antoine Griezmann also has suffered a brusque change. In the Athletic of Madrid, had full freedoms to move like mediapunta by behind a leading centre more fixed like Diego Coast. In the Barça has a lot of less freedom and has to split always from the left band, forced to go down to defend giving helps to the left-handed side.

Valverde, that seems to trust blindly in the 4-3-3, did not risk to modify the diagram and tried to adapt to both players to the positions that believed ideal for them. Now it will do lacking to see until which point arrive the progresses of two footballers of big quality, expecting that they do not remain stagnated as it happened him to Philippe Coutinho.

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