Antoine Griezmann and Jordi Alba, during the match against Eibar


The return of Jordi Alba, basic to achieve the best level of Griezmann

Published:20/10/2019 - 23:10h

Updated:21/10/2019 - 00:51h

The return of Jordi Alba to the left side allowed that, against Eibar, Antoine Griezmann had a greater freedom of movements to go to the centre of the area and combine with Messi and Suárez

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Excepting the party of the second day of League against the Betis in the Camp Nou (5-2), where annotated a doublet, could say that Antoine Griezmann played his best party with the T-shirt of the FC Barcelona this past Saturday in front of the Eibar (0-3), in Ipurua. The French no only opened the tin, but it assisted and participated in the others goals, being protagonist in the game.

Anybody had doubted never of his quality, more than contrasted, but yes of his lace in the 4-3-3 system with which plays the FC Barcelona under the control of Ernesto Valverde. Griezmann Surrenders much better in positions centred and of second forward that escorado in the left band, and the turn of Jordi Alba to the team allowed him descolgarse more to the balcony of the area in Basque earths.

And it is that Junior Firpo and Nélson Semedo are not so expert like Jordi Alba to the hour to attack the spaces and attack from the left-handed band, something that remained checked with the return of the footballer of L'Hospitalet. With Alba acting practically of extreme, Griezmann did not have so much need to occupy the space hit to the line of cal, and this gave him freedom to quote with Leo Messi and Luis Suárez in the zone of three chambers.

Proof of this is that the '17' of the FC Barcelona went in 61 times at stake, bending practically his registers against Athletic of Bilbao (30), Getafe (32) and Osasuna (33). The French star moved , besides, always in zones of danger. Or what is the same, far of the band in static attack, thing that prevented him generate disequilibriums in the previous parties.

With Jordi Alba in the alignment, the FC Barcelona had more depth and attained to generate more danger with his contragolpes, had to also to the style of offensive game of the Eibar. From the course of Neymar, the responsibility to give depth to the left-handed band has delivered between the Catalan side and, when it has played, Ousmane Dembélé. The past year tried also with Coutinho, but no surtió effect and the Brazilian did not surrender as the expected.

Griezmann Is not a pure extreme

This time, in front of the Eibar, the presence of Alba awarded to Griezmann the opportunity to be more near of Leo Messi to the edge of the area, where more has shined in his career. It knows it a Deschamps, that does some days criticised the decision of Valverde to send him beside the line cal. To players with similar characteristics, as Henry and David Villa, happened them something resembled what has him sucedido up to now to Griezmann. In spite of surrendering of form more than acceptable in the Barça, never arrived to explode his maximum level of performance in positions of extreme.

If Griezmann accustoms to play beside Jordi Alba in the left side, and if Valverde alternating also his position in the front of attack to endow him of the freedom that has Leo Messi, is possible that his performances go in clear mejoría during the next parties. For the moment, already it has the confidence to having surrendered to a big level in Ipurua. It will touch to follow improving.

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