Griezmann greatest on the earth, purrs Simeone

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04 Oct 2018, 04:01 IST
Antoine Griezmann - cropped
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone described Antoine Griezmann as “one of the best participant on the earth”.

The France ahead was at his talismanic greatest in Atleti’s 3-1 Champions League win over Membership Brugge, scoring twice and establishing Koke’s late third as Simeone’s facet received their second consecutive Group A recreation.

He was closely linked with a transfer to LaLiga rivals Barcelona throughout the low season, however pledged his future to Los Rojiblancos shortly earlier than the World Cup kicked off and has began the season brightly. 

His brace towards the Belgian champions took him to 4 objectives for the marketing campaign and Simeone was fast to lavish reward on the 27-year-old.

“I mentioned it final season and I will say it once more – for me Griezmann is one of the best participant on the earth,” he mentioned.

“He received the Europa League, the World Cup, the [UEFA] Tremendous Cup and completed second in a league by which each Barcelona and Actual Madrid are in.

“He’s within the place he desires to be. He selected to remain at Atletico and these are the implications. He’s having fun with an important second in his profession.”

Atleti didn’t progress from the Champions League group stage final season after selecting up only one win from their six video games. Victory over Brugge, nevertheless, sees them sitting fairly with Borussia Dortmund on six factors – the proper platform from which to progress this time round.

Griezmann takes partial accountability for final season’s failure, however thinks he’s within the sort of kind that can assist keep away from a repeat.

“Final 12 months I wasn’t at my greatest and I feel our poor Champions League marketing campaign was partly my fault,” he advised UEFA.com.

“We could not have the sort of season on this competitors that we wished however now I am feeling good and having fun with my soccer.

“Scoring twice is at all times good, it offers you confidence and hopefully I can proceed in that vein.”

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