Setien makes Griezmann admission as he sympathises with Barcelona star |


The Spanish manager stressed he didn’t enjoy keeping his French star benched for so long but felt it was his best option

Barcelona head coach Quique Setien admitted it is difficult to play Antoine Griezmann without “destabilising” the team as he threw the Frenchman’s future into further doubt.

Griezmann was a 90th-minute substitute against former team Atletico Madrid, who earned a 2-2 draw away to defending La Liga champions Barca on Tuesday.

A €120 million signing from Atletico at the start of the season, Griezmann arrived amid much hype but the star forward has struggled at Camp Nou, where he has started on the bench against Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in recent weeks.

Explaining Griezmann’s place on the bench as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Riqui Puig started in the attacking third, Setien said: “It’s difficult to put him on without destabilising the team.”

Griezmann has scored eight La Liga goals this season and 14 across all competitions for…




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