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The Dutchman has jumped to the defense of the attacker in the wake of his latest overwhelming display in a Blaugrana shirt
Ronald Koeman has criticized Barcelona fans for bowing to “unfortunate” Antoine Griezmann during their win over Getafe.
Barca moved up to fourth place in the League standings after beating Getafe 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday thanks to goals in the first half from Sergi Roberto and Memphis Depay.
However, Griezmann had an afternoon to forget as he was exposed to heckles from home support every time he touched the ball and ultimately failed to make an impact before being replaced late.
What has been said?
Koeman condemned the supporters at his post-match press conference, insisting that Griezmann was not the only member of his team to underperform in the final third.
“As a coach, I can not understand why fans whistle for one of our players,” said the Barca boss. “It’s not good. You can shout if he does not have the right attitude or does not work. Griezmann had difficulties in the game, he was unlucky, but it was just a game.
“Like everyone going forward, he has good days and others who are not [good]. There are games where you can not find space and it also depends on the opponent. Nor did we create chances for him. ”
Koeman praised his players for erasing an important victory, adding: “It’s normal to suffer in football. You don’t always play at your level. It was a slower match compared to the match against Real Sociedad, but it also depends on the opposition. and Getafe pushed us well.
“In matches like today, we lost points last season, and today we won. This is very important. I am very happy with the three points. It was a difficult match and we know how we are going to suffer.
“Our game with the ball has not been that good. Psychologically it has been very important. We know how to suffer and play to win matches.”
Griezmann’s matches in Barca
Much was expected of Griezmann when Barca paid 120 million euros (£ 103 million) to award him away from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, but he has so far not lived up to that price.
The 30-year-old has scored just 35 goals in 102 appearances for Blaugrana with only 21 of them coming to La Liga, but he helped the club secure their 31st Copa Del Rey crown in 2020-21.
Griezmann is back in the battle for a place in Koeman’s starting XI when Barca welcome Bayern Munich to the Camp Nou for their first Champions League group game of the new season on 14 September.