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Griezmann confident Barcelona will win the UCL

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Barcelona face Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals and Antoine Griezmann, expecting a long stay in Lisbon, has packed his PlayStation.

Antoine Griezmann is confident that Barcelona will go all the way to the Champions League final and quipped he has even packed his PlayStation for his stay in Lisbon.

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Barça saw off Napoli 3-1 in Saturday’s last-16 second leg to advance 4-2 on aggregate and set up a meeting with much-fancied Bayern Munich at the Estadio da Luz on Friday. Bayern have won 26 and drawn one of their last 27 competitive matches and are the favourites of many to win Europe’s premier club competition but Griezmann says Barça are ready to knock the Bavarian giants out.

Just three games to get through
“I have the suitcase ready to be in Lisbon until August 23 – I have even brought the PlayStation,” he told the club’s official website. “We have three games left to win the Champions League but we have the tools to achieve it. Every team has the potential to win a single match. We are looking forward to it, we have worked well tactically and we are ready to play the game. We know it will be difficult, but we know what we have to do to qualify for the semi-finals. It will be a very good match. We hope to take advantage of the quality we have. We are in a good moment and we can play a good game. We have to be together, up front and at the back, and try to have the ball as much as possible.”

Prolific Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski either scored or assisted all seven of his side’s goals in their 7-1 aggregate victory over Chelsea in the first knockout round. Griezmann acknowledged it will be tough to stop the Poland international and is well aware of the other attacking talents in the German champions’ ranks.

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Bayern not only about Lewandowski
“Bayern are playing very well, they have a great striker, but we also have the tools to play a great game. We have to look at our strengths and try to qualify,” he said. “They’re a very physical team that’s used to having the ball. We have to make life difficult for them and play our game. Bayern are not just Lewandowski. The wingers get forward a lot, [Thomas] Muller, [Serge] Gnabry are also very good. Lewandowski scores a lot of goals but the danger comes from anywhere.”

Barça have disappointed domestically this season, finishing second to Real Madrid in LaLiga after being knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage. However, the fit-again Griezmann – who lasted 84 minutes against Napoli – is adamant his side have showed signs of progress ahead of their showdown with Bayern.

“On a personal level it was good for me to have a few days to be able to recover and play against Napoli,” he said. “In the first minutes of the Napoli game I had no rhythm but little by little I felt better. The team really wanted to play a great game, and we are on the right track.”

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Just in time, Griezmann and Lenglet set for Napoli’s Clash

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Just in time, Clement Lenglet and Antoine Griezmann are back in action and could be fit to face Napoli on Saturday at the Camp Nou.

The two Frenchmen missed the end of the LaLiga Santander campaign due to injury, but they have now recovered and are only waiting for the medical green light, which they should receive in the next few days.

It comes at the perfect time as the Barcelona squad has taken advantage of the break to recover and rest after fatigue began to become noticeable due to the intense fixture list at the end of the domestic season.

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Following a week off and a few recovery sessions, Barcelona will have a real boost to have these two key men available for selection.

Lenglet’s return is particularly important for Quique Setien, who does not have either Samuel Umtiti or Ronald Araujo available due to injuries of their own.

Gerard Pique has played alongside Lenglet more than any other player this season as he has become a regular in defence, and a contract extension is already being considered for the Frenchman.

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Griezmann’s role


It’s a different situation for Griezmann as the former Atletico Madrid forward was just finding form when he picked up the injury, with Setien replacing him with Ansu Fati.

The youngster didn’t waste his opportunity and proved what he is capable of, which gives Setien a selection headache ahead of the tie.

Whatever he chooses, it’s sure that Setien will be criticised as he remains under the microscope with his future heavily dependent upon performances in Europe.

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Napoli might be in Danger as Griezmann and Dembele returns

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Barcelona have been handed an injury boost ahead of their Champions League clash with Napoli as Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele returned to training.

Dembele underwent surgery on his hamstring in February and has not played a competitive game since November while Griezmann missed the end of the LaLiga season with a thigh problem.

But both players completed a full session with the rest of their team-mates after having to train separately due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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Greizmann and Dembele trains Ahead of UCL

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Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann worked individually as Barcelona began their preparations for the Champions League return against Napoli.

Barcelona returned to training on Tuesday ahead of the resumption of the Champions League campaign, with Ousmane Dembélé and Antoine Griezmann both reporting for duty after recovering from injury as Quique Setién’s side prepare to face Napoli at Camp Nou on 8 August.

The French duo have both been sidelined but underwent individual recovery work as they continued their rehabilitation.

Griezmann suffered a thigh problem in the 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on July 11, forcing him to miss the final two LaLiga games as Barça were dethroned by Real Madrid during the run-in.

As for Dembélé, his season was seemingly over when he underwent surgery to repair his damaged hamstring back in February.

However, the extension of the 2019-20 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic has raised the possibility of the winger featuring in Europe.

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Barça and Napoli at 1-1 after opening leg
Meanwhile, defender Clément Lenglet also worked away from the rest of the group, the centre-back attempting to overcome a groin injury suffered on the last day of the league campaign.

Barça are beginning preparations for the delayed second leg of their last-16 tie against Napoli, to be played at Camp Nou. The teams drew 1-1 in the first meeting, which took place on Italian soil in February.

The subsequent knockout rounds will take place in Portugal, all as one-off games following changes to the schedule caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

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Messi needs the best Griezmann and Suarez to win UCL

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If Barcelona have aspirations of winning the Champions League this season, they need their attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann to be at their absolute best.

An effective front three is something that has been lacking at Barcelona this season, with two different coaches trying to find the right formula and only succeeding on a few occasions.

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Quique Setien opted for a 4-4-2 formation against Villarreal towards the end of the season, with Suarez and Griezmann up top and Messi just behind them and this was successful, but if they can’t consistently perform like they did that day then Champions League glory will be impossible.

Although he once again won the Pichichi, Messi has scored fewer goals this season and the team have dropped points in games where they wouldn’t be expected to.

The team has netted less than they usually do, even if they finished with the highest goal tally in the league.

Between injury and the coronavirus break, Suarez hasn’t been able to play consistently enough and has had his poorest season in a Barcelona shirt to date, scoring only 19, but the club are hoping to have him at his best for the Champions League.

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However, the Uruguayan has gone almost five years without scoring away from home in Europe, which has meant responsibility has fallen almost entirely on the shoulders of Messi.

Relying so heavily on Messi has been a big problem for the Blaugrana because it has meant that when the Argentine isn’t quite at his best then Barcelona struggle.

Although Griezmann is injured at the moment, he is expected to be fit for the clash against Napoli on August 8.

The Frenchman hasn’t played consistently this year and has often been played out of position, which has had an effect of his performance, but he has the talent and could make a difference when Champions League football returns.

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Griezmann is building bond to do what Neymar does better

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Antoine Griezmann will not have envisaged his first year at Barcelona to have gone this way. Last weekend he celebrated 12 months at the club but got injured in the win over Valladolid, ruling him out for Sunday’s last game of the campaign against Alaves.

The title is already lost and he has already seen the coach who originally wanted him signed, Ernesto Valverde, sacked. Next week his second Barcelona manager, Quique Setien, may well also bite the dust – Barcelona are still seriously considering putting B-team coach Francisco Javier García Pimienta in temporary charge.

It’s been a tough first year, chaotic, sometimes lonely, and so far trophyless. But on Friday there was some good news as he came through a specially designed training session. There is optimism that he will be fit to face Napoli in the Champions League on August 8.

There is also the prospect of wearing his favourite No 7 shirt next season. And his brilliant goal against Villarreal at the start of the month was a taste of the way things could still turn out for him at Barcelona if he finally hits it off with Lionel Messi.

That goal wasn’t just important because it was him linking up with Messi. It also drew him level with Neymar for goals in his first season at Barcelona.

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In the 2013-14 campaign Neymar scored 15 times in what was his first year at the club. Griezmann can now say that he has done the same. He also has 14 more goals than Eden Hazard in his maiden season for Real Madrid.

The stats say things have been nowhere near as bad as some critics have wanted to make out.

But it’s also true that Griezmann has not hit the heights he reached at Atletico Madrid.

He got 21 goals in his last season under Diego Simeone, 29, 26 and 32 in the three previous campaigns. He knows he can do better at Barca.

Taking back the seven shirt might seem like a frivolity but the psychological effect shouldn’t be underestimated. Coutinho had it last year and it was left unused when he went out on loan to Bayern Munich.

Griezmann needs to feel like the special player Barcelona believed he was when they paid £108m for him last year. Taking back the number he wore to become a world champion with France, and used to wear for Atletico Madrid will help him do that.

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The Villarreal goal was a reminder of his class. It seemed like a turning point for him. There had been a long night of soul searching after he was taken off in the 65th minute in Barcelona’s home game with Athletic Bilbao three matches earlier.

He was on the bench against Celta Vigo in the next game and worse was to come when he came on because he got the blame for the equaliser.

Never mind that the wall was badly set-up, he was on the end of it and he jumped as the ball curled low around him and past Marc Andre ter Stegen.

Coach Setien did not protect him post-game saying that the team lost because ‘someone in the wall jumped’.

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In the next game he was on the bench again, only this time it was against his former club Atletico Madrid and being brought on in injury time seemed almost like a punishment.

But from that darkest hour came that dawn of linking up with Messi against Villarreal.

Being absent from the awful showing against Osasuna in midweek when the league was finally surrendered will have done him no harm.

It will have reminded everyone that if they are to win the Champions League next month they need to get the best out of their French forward.

Luis Suarez has been Griezmann’s greatest ally so far. The Uruguayan has done his best to look after Griezmann, who had a close bond with Suarez’s international team-mate Diego Godin at Atletico.

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Messi is more reserved. He has a close friendship with Suarez and he gets on well with Arturo Vidal so there is little effort to forge deep bonds with anyone else.

When Griezmann came back to full squad training after quarantine and discovered that he was in a different training group to Messi and Suarez it seemed his card was marked. Messi has taken Ansu Fati under his wing and appeared to want the 17-year-old to be third piece of the attacking jigsaw.

But the way Messi and Griezmann combined against Villarreal remains a promise of things to come.

It might not have been the start of a beautiful friendship but it might have been the moment Messi realises he needs Griezmann; maybe not as much as Griezmann needs him. But he needs him all the same.

‘Playing this way we will not win beat Napoli’ Messi said in midweek after the Osasuna defeat.

If the king of the club, and the ‘principito’ can hit it off, they have a far better chance of reaching the quarter-finals.

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Barcelona have confirmed their 20-man squad to take on Osasuna tomorrow as Frankie De Jong, Arthur and Ansu Fati in.

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GK: Ter Stegen, Neto, Arnau

DF: Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Araujo, Alba, Roberto, Junior Firpo

MF: Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur, Vidal, Puig, De Jong

FW: Suarez, Messi, Braithwaite, Fati.

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Barca’s Title hope down as Griezmann is off injured

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Antoine Griezmann looks set to miss the rest of the season afer Barcelona said on Sunday the France attacker had a thigh injury.

The World Cup winner went off at halftime of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Valladolid after apparently asking to be subbed.

“He came off because he had a problem,” Barcelona coach Quique Setien said on Saturday. “It was him who asked for the change.”

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“Tests this morning have shown that first-team player Antoine Griezmann has a muscle injury in the quadriceps of his right leg,” Barca said on their website.

“He is therefore not available for selection at the present time,” a statement said of the 29-year-old who has scored 15 goals in 46 games this season.

It would appear Griezmann will miss Barcelona’s final LaLiga matches with Real Madrid needing five points from their final three games to win the title.

Barca also face a Champions League last-16 second leg on August 8 after drawing 1-1 at Napoli before the lockdown.

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PSG strongly targets Griezmann as Cavani’s replacement

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PSG could have serious problems if they want Antoine Griezmann this summer. He has played poorly and Barca and not had as much game time as he would have liked.

Griezmann is a target with Edinson Cavani leaving the French club.

French media says PSG have spoken to him to find out his opinion and current situation.

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However it’s not a simple case. PSG will be one of the first clubs to shut their transfer window this summer. Their window will shut on July 7. The rest of the big leagues do not close shop until October.

In this sense, if they want Griezmann it will have to be an express transfer – super fast. They will also have to hold off other clubs going for players, eg, Neymar, after the window shuts in France but not across Europe.

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‘You’re just a passenger’ Griezmann’s father blasts setien

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Antoine Griezmann’s father and brother have reacted angrily to the treatment of the French forward by Barcelona coach Quique Setien.

Griezmann started warming up early in the second half of Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw against his former club Atletico Madrid, but was only brought on in the dying seconds at Camp Nou.

During the game, Griezmann’s brother Theo posted a series of tweets. “2 minutes…” one lamented. “I want to cry, seriously,” another added.

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Afterwards, Setien said it was difficult to bring on the 29-year-old without ‘destabilising the team’ and added that he would speak with – but not apologise to – the €120 million attacker.

“For that type of chat, you need to have the keys to the truck,” his father Alain wrote on Instagram.

Griezmann has not scored since LaLiga restarted and has been benched by Setien for the last two games, despite being described as ‘unquestionable’ by the Cantabrian coach after the Frenchman’s disappointing display at Mallorca recently.

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Griezmann Knows he can do better – Lenglet

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Close friends off the field and teammates on it, Clement Lenglet didn’t hide when asked about the form of Antoine Griezmann.

Having joined from Atletico Madrid in the summer, some have been disappointed by the forward’s contribution.

“He’s well integrated in the dressing room – really, there is no problem – but on the pitch he knows he can do better,” Lenglet told Le Parisien.

“Like Antoine, in a different style, got used to Atletico; he’s a player who we are very demanding of, but I see him working hard in training. He can only improve.

“I’m sure that everything will go well for Antoine at Barcelona.

“He’s scored 14 goals and has various assists. For a first season, that’s not bad.”

The defender also discussed the good atmosphere in the dressing room, despite off-the-pitch drama.

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“It’s not difficult at all. There are still six games left, so we will try to keep winning points and hope to keep that up until the end,” Lenglet said.

“In terms of motivation, it’s difficult to do it better.

Despite that, Lenglet did admit that there are things he can learn from Real Madrid players who also come from France, like Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.

“There’s no doubt that Benzema is one of the best French attackers in history; Varane is a very good player, with incredible experience; I take advantage to spy on everything good he does and copy it,” Lenglet admitted.

The 25-year-old has been a regular for Barcelona this season and will hope to maintain that in the search for the LaLiga Santander title.

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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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Aspas denies Barcelona all three points
Lionel Messi set up two goals for Luis Suárez, but Iago Aspas’ 88th-minute equaliser saw Barça held.

Setién’s men are a point clear of Real Madrid, who have the chance to return to the top of the table and secure a two-point lead if they can beat Espanyol in Cornellà later today.

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Quique Setien passes strict warning to Griezmann after Celta’s clash

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Barcelona coach Quique Setien has warned Antoine Griezmann that his price tag means little when it comes to picking the team and hinted that the French forward was at fault for Celta Vigo’s late equaliser on Saturday.

Griezmann started on the bench in Barca’s 2-2 draw at Balaidos in LaLiga as Setien preferred Ansu Fati on the left and the former Atletico attacker only came on for the last nine minutes to replace Luis Suarez.

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Asked why he had left the 29-year-old out, Setien said: “I don’t look at whether the signings are expensive or cheap.

“Last week we opted for one lineup and this week another. Last week you asked me why Ansu didn’t play and this week Griezmann.

Griezmann was stood at the end of a defensive wall as Iago Aspas curled a ball around the Barca players and into the bottom corner two minutes from time, giving goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen no chance.


Antoine Griezmann appeared only as a late substitute for Barcelona against Celta Vigo at Balaidos (Getty Images)
“The last goal they scored, a player jumped and the ball went in there,” Setien said.

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‘I want to be a Legend at Barcelona’ – Griezmann

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Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has made clear that he is determined to be a success at the Camp Nou.

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The Frenchman has received a fair amount of criticism in his debut season at the club, but he remains ambitious.

“I want to be an important part of the team, on and off the pitch, enjoy football and help my teammates win every game,” Griezmann told Barcelona’s official club media.

LaLiga Santander is set to get back underway this week, with Barcelona set to travel to Real Mallorca on June 13, and the 29-year-old believes the break was beneficial for him.

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“I think on a personal level it has been good for me,” Griezmann explained.

“I have been able to rest; I think it has been five years since I have had a rest like that, so mentally and physically it has been good.

“I was able to enjoy time with my family, my kids and now I am ready to go.”

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Barcelona will be able to call upon Luis Suarez as the coronavirus-enforced stoppage of football has allowed the Uruguayan to heal from knee surgery, which Griezmann is glad about.

“Luis is our No.9, a goalscorer, the one who makes the difference in big games along with [Lionel Messi],” he said.

“We missed him in the last few games [before the break].

“We are really happy to have a player like him back and he will help us from the off.”

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Barcelona currently have a two-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the table and Griezmann believes that the Catalans will have to try and take maximum points from the remaining 11 matches.

“We have all the cards; we have 11 games left and if we win them all we will be champions,” he noted.

“I think we are ready for it, to win and enjoy the football.”

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Greizmann ‘Will’ join MLS

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For more elite-level footballers, a move to Major League Soccer late in their career is an afterthought. Something that doesn’t even come into the mind until their 30th birthday is a blip in the rear-view mirror.

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For Antoine Griezmann, however, it’s the dream. He may have a World Cup in the bag and dream of La Liga and Champions Leagues titles, but for Griezmann, none of that seems to quite hit home like the prospect of heading west to the States and winding down.

“Winning La Liga and the Champions League with Barça would be a dream, and also my objective,” Griezmann told the LA Times, as part of Barcelona’s promotional campaign for new streaming service Barca TV+.


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“After that winning whatever comes. There’s another World Cup so the World Cup in Qatar. And after that MLS.

“I don’t know with which team, but I really want to play there. For me it’s an objective to end my career in the United States with the possibility of playing well and being a big part of the team and fighting for a title.”

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It’s not the first time this has crossed his mind either. Griezmann’s obsession with MLS traces as far back as 2018, when he had the American Dream on his mind even when he was preparing for a World Cup last 16 tie with Argentina.

He said: “World champion, win a Champions League and then I can go and quietly play in the USA. That’s my ideal itinerary. It’s not bad, is it?”


“If the plan goes like that, I’d sign for that now. I don’t know at which age I want to play in MLS, it’ll all depend on the trophies I’ll have won beforehand.

“When I’m nearer 32 or 33, I want to be there. I still have to be presentable on the pitch.”

One of those goals has since been accomplished; France lifted the World Cup trophy in 2018, with Griezmann being named man of the match in the final.

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He’s yet to win the Champions League, however, and whether he will get the chance to do so at Barça remains to be seen, with the club seemingly willing to use him as a pawn in their relentless pursuit of Lautaro Martinez.


The Admin of NobleSports understands La Blaugrana will stop at nothing to secure the Inter striker, and reports have claimed Griezmann could be offloaded to raise funds to that end.

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We Haven’t seen the best version of Griezmann In Barcelona ~ Crespo

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Hernan Crespo, the former Argentina forward and current Banfield Buenos Aires coach, praised Antoine Griezmann in an interview with France Football.

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“At Barca we haven’t seen his best version yet,” Crespo explained of the Frenchman. “We’re talking about a player that has incredible intelligence.”

He said that Griezmann had an “incredible” World Cup and underlined the Frenchman’s capacity for understanding the game.

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“We haven’t seen everything he can give yet because he needs an adaptation time. But he accepts the challenge of leaving Barcelona, a club with a completely different philosophy and he will still take some time.”


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Rivaldo’s transfer advice to Barca: Keep Griezmann & avoid Aubameyang


Barcelona should be looking to keep Antoine Griezmann and avoid being dragged into the race for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, says Rivaldo.

Transfer talk is building at Camp Nou heading towards the summer, despite there being no indication as to when the 2019-20 campaign will be brought to a close.


Griezmann is among those Barca are reportedly willing to listen to offers for, despite only acquiring him at the end of a long-running saga in 2019.

It has been suggested that the World Cup-winning France international could be used as a makeweight in efforts by the Liga giants to prise Lautaro Martinez away from Inter or Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.


Rivaldo, though, believes that the Blaugrana need to be retaining the services of a proven 29-year-old who is yet to show his true colours in Catalunya.

The Barca legend told Betfair: “There are growing rumours about a potential Antoine Griezmann transfer to Internazionale in exchange for Lautaro Martínez or even a deal that could see the Frenchman go to PSG and Neymar come the other way.


“But I believe that Barca’s board will give Griezmann more time to make an impression at the club.

“In Italy, Griezmann would have more difficulties and I think his future is in La Liga where he is well-adapted and ready to show his best game regularly.


“Barcelona just needs to be a little more patient before he builds more confidence and starts playing with more personality.”

Amid the talk of Griezmann potentially moving on, Aubameyang is among those Barcelona are being linked with when it comes to arrivals.


The prolific Arsenal frontman is approaching the final 12 months of his contract with the Gunners, sparking talk of the Premier League giants cashing in.

Rivaldo can appreciate why Barca might be keen on the 30-year-old, but has questioned whether he is needed or the right fit for Quique Setien’s side.


The Brazilian added: “Barcelona always looks for the best players available in the market and Aubameyang is obviously a great player who could be a boost for the club.

“But other than simply signing a player, Barcelona must study if a certain player will fit into their current system, or if a transfer could end up forcing the new player to play in a different role, harming his own performance and potentially causing the team problems as well.


“So, it’s crucial to analyse these factors carefully before making an offer to sign a player, as it isn’t just the taste of the president and board that should decide this kind of stuff.

“You need to understand if the manager would approve of it and will have a space for the player in his system.

“To fit on a new team’s system is crucial, so Barcelona must be aware of that all the time and ask: Would that player fit on Quique Setien’s system?”


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Griezmann won’t join Inter as part of deal for Lautaro as his wages ‘too big’


Antoine Griezmann will not end up at Inter in a deal for Lautaro Martinez or in a separate deal according to a report from Italian news outlet FCInterNews.it.

Reports in the media have suggested that Griezmann could be offered as part of a deal and one report has even stated that Inter have demanded him as part of a deal for Lautaro but this report claims that Inter will not pursue a move for him as he simply costs too much.


Griezmann currently earns around €20 million a season between his base salary and bonuses, a sum well out of Inter’s reach at the time being.

The report goes on to state that the only way Lautaro Martinez will be allowed to leave the club is if an interested club is to trigger the €111 million release clause in his current contract.


In the event a club does trigger the release clause, Inter will not be found unprepared and have already set their sights on bringing in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace him.

Inter would be willing to spend between €40-45 million for the Gabonese international and would give him a three year deal with an option to a further year.


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Trincao: My family are proud that I’m going to play with Messi


Francisco Trincao has revealed that his family are looking forward to watching him play alongside Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

The forward signed for the Catalan club in January and will officially join them from Braga on July 1 this summer.


“The call from [Barcelona] was a source of great pride for me,” Trincao told Barcelona’s official media.

“I’m looking forward to wearing the best shirt in the world and looking forward to getting to know the players, who are the best in the world.


“My family are proud that I’m going to be able to play with Messi.

“He’s the best in the world.

“I also spoke to [Antoine] Griezmann, who sent me a message that said: ‘Geez, let’s go.’


“I’ve never had [idols], but maybe [they were] Cristiano [Ronaldo] and Messi.”

Not many had heard of the 20-year-old before he signed for Barcelona, so what is he like as a player?


“I’m a very hard-working, mentally strong player who looks to score goals, make assists and help the team,” Trincao said.

“My strengths are one-on-ones.

“My style fits in well with Barcelona’s. I’ll bring my magic and youth.”


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Inter ‘explore the chance of including Griezmann in exchange deal for Lautaro’


Inter are allegedly exploring the chance of including Antoine Griezmann in an exchange deal with Barcelona for Lautaro Martinez.

The Nerazzurri are trying to keep hold of the Argentine superstar, but a €111m release clause gives the Blaugrana a chance to negotiate with the Serie A giants.


The economical situation is not the best at any of the clubs due to the forced break and the Gazzetta dello Sport claims Inter are prepared to ask for Griezmann in return for Lautaro, as Barcelona insist on the 22-year-old forward.

The newspaper points out Barca’s clear intention of including a player in the deal with Inter, to ‘lower the amount of the €111m release clause valid during the first 15 days of July’.


Arturo Vidal has also been linked with the Nerazzurri, as Antonio Conte seems eager to bring the Chilean back to Italy trying to sign him on loan with an option to buy in January.

Previous reports in Spain suggested Barca were willing to put Griezmann on the market to generate the funds necessary for bringing in the Inter forward, who has scored 12 times in 22 Serie A games this term.


The Nerazzurri signet Lautaro for €25m from Racing Club in July 2018 and the Argentina international has featured 66 times since his arrival, contributing 25 goals in 66 games.


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Man City ‘scouting 17-year-old Ajax and Holland wonderkid Sontje Hansen’


Manchester City ‘are keeping tabs on £6million-rated Ajax wonderkid Sontje Hansen’ who impressed for Holland at last year’s Under-17 World Cup in Brazil.

The 17-year-old forward scored six times at the tournament to claim the Golden Boot, including a last-16 hat-trick against Nigeria, and has also played twice for Ajax’s first team.


According to NobleSports Reliable Source, City have been scouting the teenager and with his Ajax contract set to expire in the summer of 2021, believe they can sign him for around £6m.

His Ajax first-team debut came in December last year in a Dutch Cup fixture against Telstar and Hansen made his Eredivisie debut with 15 minutes off the bench in a 6-1 thrashing of Den Haag four days later.


Hansen has represented Holland at each age group from under-15 to under-18 standard.

He scored three goals in their victorious Under-17 European Championship tournament in the Republic of Ireland last year, including one in a 5-2 group stage win over England in Dublin.


And Hansen excelled at the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil last October and November, scoring six goals on Holland’s run to a semi-final exit on penalties to Mexico.

His performances attracted the attention of the Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, who sent him a private message of encouragement during the tournament.


Predominantly a centre-forward who can also play in the wide attacking areas, Hansen features plenty of attributes that would appeal to Pep Guardiola.

But City could face competition from Italian trio Inter Milan, AC Milan and Juventus, plus German club RB Leipzig, who are also monitoring him


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