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Griezmann says Barça will improve after Athletic upset

Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann reflected on his LaLiga bow for the defending champions, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Athletic Club.

Griezmann says Barça will improve after Athletic upset
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Antoine Griezmann said LaLiga champions Barcelona will improve as the season is long following Friday's shock defeat to Athletic Club in Bilbao.

Acrobatic Aduriz

Barça opened their title defence with a late 1-0 defeat away to Athletic at San Mamés, where the holders succumbed to a late, acrobatic winner from Aritz Aduriz. The 38-year-old, who recently announced that this season would be his last, came off the bench and scored a stunning 89th-minute overhead kick to condemn Griezmann to an unhappy league debut for Barça. "We have time," Griezmann said after the match. "The season is long and we have to work towards the next game. We have to work because that's the only way we'll improve."

Aritz Aduriz, 89th minute, overhead-kick winner, as you do.
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Aritz Aduriz, 89th minute, overhead-kick winner, as you do.Juan Manuel Serrano ArceGetty Images

Missing Messi

The €120million signing struggled to make an impact in the absence of injured captain Lionel Messi. "We lacked what costs the most in football," the France star added.  "That last pass, that cross or that overlap."

Barça's defeat was compounded by an injury to veteran forward Luis Suárez, who was forced to leave the match in the first half. Suárez suffered a muscle injury just after the half-hour mark, and Griezmann said: "Let's just see how he is and if he can play against Betis".

Griezmann in action against Athletic Club
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Griezmann in action against Athletic ClubIrina R.H. / AFP7 / Europapress

Betis away a week on Sunday

Barça, who are seeking a third consecutive LaLiga title, will travel to Real Betis on 25 August 25.


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