La Liga: Griezmann Must Prove Worth To Atletico In Barca Clash
Barcelona’s interest in signing Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann was the worst kept secret in football last season and on Saturday the Frenchman will face the club he so nearly joined when they meet in a mouthwatering Liga clash.
When Griezmann fired Atletico to victory over Olympique de Marseille in the Europa League final in May it was widely viewed as his last stand for Diego Simeone’s side before a move to Barca but they successfully convinced the Frenchman to stay.
He revealed his decision to remain at Atletico in a remarkable televised documentary called ‘The Decision’, which angered the Catalans, not least because it was made by Barca defender Gerard Pique’s Kosmos production company.
Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin had warned Griezmann, 27, of the pitfalls of joining a club like Barca.
But Griezmann has struggled this term, producing talismanic performances in games such as the 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League but failing to galvanise his team at difficult places like Villarreal, Leganes and Celta Vigo.
He has three goals in 12 league games, a meager tally which can be traced to the dire form of fellow striker Diego Costa.
SPANISH LA LIGA FIXTURES AND PREDICTIONS THIS WEEKEND, GO PLACE YOUR BETTING
Leganes v Alaves – Under 3.5
Eibar v Real Madrid – 2
Valencia v Rayo Vallecano – Over 1.5
Huesca v Levante – Over 1.5
Atl Madrid v Barce lona – Goal Goal (BTS)
Ath Bilbao v Getafe – 1X
Sevilla v Valladolid – Goal Goal (BTS)
Villareal v Betis – Over 1.5
Real Sociedad v Celta Vigo – Over 1.5