I was the first to admit that Antoine Griezmann's strategy to secure a salary increase last June was wrong and I had issues with his comments on French radio network RMC when he talked about the possibility of signing for Manchester United, when in reality he had little intention of leaving Atlético, based on both professional and personal grounds.
Fast forward to the present and I have to admit that the ongoing campaign against the Ateltico Madrid striker is also wrong. If Diego Simeone, Atleti fans and the club deemed that his behavior in the summer was out of line, then that was the time to deal with the matter and not now with the team under-performing and staring at an early ext from the 2017/18 Champions League. No-one complained when Grizou became the first player to open the scoring at the newly inaugurated Wanda Metropolitano back in September. All was rosy and everyone was prepared to forgive him for his summer slip-up. Now, there is a need to look for a scapegoat and who better to point the finger at for Atleti's disappointing displays, than Antoine Griezmann…
Blaming Griezmann is just too simplistic and to be honest, below a club of the stature of Atleti and also an excellent coach who has really turned maters around at the LaLiga side since joining in 2011. I admit preferring a coach who defends to the hilt his players even due fallow times. When Cholo states “we have no match winning player” it's a heavy insinuation aimed at the French forward.
Griezmann still battles on the pitch and at present is not getting quality service. My compatriot loves Atleti and is the first to want better times to return to the club. He should be encouraged and defended and certainly not turned into na scapegoat for the current ills at the football club.