Setien defends his decision to bench Griezmann

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Quique Setién left Antoine Griezmann out of his starting XI against Celta and insisted that he never looks at a player’s price tag when selecting his team.

Barcelona coach Quique Setién said he had no interest in a player’s market value when selecting his team after being asked why he left Antoine Griezmann on the subs’ bench in Saturday’s meeting with Celta Vigo. Griezmann, who set Barcelona back 120 million euros when he joined from Atlético Madrid last year, was introduced late in the game as the visitors were held to a 2-2 draw in Vigo on Saturday.

Setién defended his decision to leave Griezmann, who has scored 14 goals in 42 games this season, out of the XI. “I don’t take into consideration the player’s price tag,” he told a news conference. “Last week we chose one specific team, and today we decided on another one. Last week you asked me why Ansu Fati wasn’t playing, why Riqui Puig wasn’t playing and today why Griezmann isn’t playing. These are decisions I make and they are technical decisions. They’re not made rashly, and they are done with the best of intentions for the team.”

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