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Koeman plays down Griezmann issues

  • Published at 07:38 pm October 23rd, 2020
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Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann was omitted from the starting lineup for Barca’s 5-1 hammering of Ferencvaros in the UCL

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman insisted the club does not have a problem with Antoine Griezmann ahead of Saturday’s Clasico showdown with Real Madrid.

Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid for 120m euros ($142m) in 2019, however he has yet to find his feet at the Camp Nou and has not scored for the club so far this season.

He was omitted from the starting lineup for Barca’s 5-1 hammering of Ferencvaros in the Champions League Wednesday, however Koeman said that too much is being made of the situation.

Koeman also backed defender Gerard Pique after he criticized the club’s board in an interview with a Spanish newspaper Friday.

Koeman will welcome back Jordi Alba for the visit of Real, but will still be without first-choice goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Samuel Umtiti. 

Meanwhile, the visitor are set to welcome back captain Sergio Ramos.

The 57-year old Koeman played in 14 Clasicos while at Barca, but admitted it was a new feeling going into it as coach.

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