Setien has no room for Griezmann: He destabilises the team

While FC Barcelona looked to throw away their chances of the La Liga title against Atletico Madrid (2-2), the big talk after the game was the ‘cameo’ of Antoine Griezmann. The French forward came on the 90th minute at a 2-2 score and after the game coach Quique Setien was hard on him, opening up serious rumours about his future at the club.

Explaining Griezmann’s place on the bench after the disappointing draw as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Riqui Puig started in the attacking third, Setien said: “It’s difficult to put him on without destabilising the team.” The €120m summer signing has been struggling at Camp Nou ever since he made the move from Atletico Madrid.

“I understand it’s tough for Griezmann to come on when so little time left. I will speak with him tomorrow, I won’t say sorry because [it’s about] decisions,” Setien said. “But I understand he may feel bad and I feel bad for him because he’s a great person and professional.”

Barcelona are now one point behind Real Madrid, who will be able to move four clear if they win at Getafe on Thursday. Pressure on Setien is growing. However, the coach says he does not feel the pressure. “I don’t feel at all under threat. It’s a shame. We’re having more and more difficulties. Leaving these points behind means we’re moving further away from the title. But we have to keep working and Atletico are a good team.”

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