The year 2020 ends badly for Antoine Griezmann. Canted on the bench against Valladolid, the French saw Barça evolve in a new system and deliver one of his best matches of the season.
Three days after the poor performance delivered by his troops facing Valence(2-2), it’s a whole different Barça who appeared on the lawn of Valladolid, Tuesday. For this last game of a year 2020 to forget for the Blaugrana, Ronald Koeman had indeed decided to innovate by aligning his team in 3-5-1-2. A system with three central defenders that secures the defense and allows the two full-backs to participate more in the game.
Another strong choice of the Catalan coach, Antoine Griezmann, barely, Saturday, against Valencia, this time was left on the bench, the Dutch technician preferring him Pedri and Martin braithwaite. And it is clear that the former midfielder got it right. Rid of the tricolor world champion at the heart of the game, but also of Philippe Coutinho, also confined to a role of replacement, Lionel messi has indeed radiated behind his two attackers.
Koeman liked what he saw
Lionel Messi’s relationship with young Pedri has been particularly promising, as evidenced by the young Spaniard’s sumptuous heel for the Barcelona No.10 on the Blaugrana’s third goal. Decisive passer on the first goal signed Clément Lenglet, the Argentine was also the penultimate pass on the second goal signed Martin Braithwaite on a service from Sergino Dest.
Antoine Griezmann can therefore be worried. It was certainly in front of Valladolid, modest 18th in Liga, but Ronald Koeman liked what he saw.
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