Antoine Griezmann’s expected transfer to Barcelona has stolen much of the headlines surrounding Atletico Madrid of late, which has been somewhat disappointing to see ahead of their colossal Europa League final with Marseille this week.
Amid all the speculation, it was excellent to see Griezmann put in a brilliant showing in Atleti’s 1-0 win over Getafe at the weekend, however, a match that served as an ideal precursor to their clash with OM.
In a match where he let his vast qualities do all the talking, the Frenchman showcased precisely why he’s in such hot demand. Using his sublime technique and ingenuitive movement, the way he dropped deep, wide and into the half spaces to create superiorities was vital for his team being able to bring life to their passing moves.
With Getafe playing with two central midfielders, who usually marked two of Gabi, Koke and Saul Niguez, his dropping movements were crucial in generating 3v2 overloads to ensure smoother progression through the thirds. Upon receiving the ball, his razor sharp first touch, strong hold up play, Velcro like ball control and creative passing only enhanced his worth in terms of adding composure, imagination and incision to Atleti’s attacks.
Given plenty of freedom to take full advantage of his spatial awareness powers, the 27-year-old also drifted out wide to have an impact, where he could then use his dribbling prowess and athleticism in ideal 1v1 scenarios. In addition, he’d also make smartly timed runs in behind the Getafe backline, as he persistently asked questions of the home side.
Supplying the assist for Koke’s winner was indeed a positive way to round out his strong body of work, while also giving him an extra boost of confidence ahead of the Europa League final.
While it appears the man who’s scored 27 goals and chimed in with 13 assists in all competitions looks set to leave Los Colchoneros for Barca in the summer, helping his beloved Atletico Madrid bring home the Europa League would be the perfect way for him to end his four year association with Diego Simeone and the club.
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