Barca legend defends Griezmann


While some might feel Antoine Griezmann has not lived up to the hype at FC Barcelona this season, Brazil legend Rivaldo has leaped to the Frenchman's defence.

Griezmann joined the Catalan giants from Atletico Madrid in the off-season for €120million to bolster the attack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

With Suarez and Ousmane Dembele out through injury, some might have Griezmann to contribute more than the 14 goals and four assists he has already registered this season.

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“Many Barca fans were expecting much more from Antoine Griezmann in his first season at Barcelona, especially without Coutinho as well as Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele due to injury. But I don't believe it's time to start thinking of selling the player.

“A world champion, who is well-adapted to Spanish football after his time at Atletico Madrid, would be expected to make a bigger impact at Camp Nou.

"But Griezmann is still capable of making the difference, especially in Lionel Messi's absence, so we must wait and see if he can get adapt to Barca's system. Griezmann has the quality to succeed at the club.

“His first season is reminding me of Coutinho's. Both were playing great football when they arrived at the club but didn't manage to replicate it at Barcelona.

"I think he needs to dedicate himself a little bit more to truly produce his best football and become a decisive member of Quique Setien's team.”