Lionel Messi: How Antoine Griezmann arrival could affect Barcelona superstar

LIONEL MESSI and Barcelona may have to tweak their playing style should Antoine Griezmann arrive from Atletico Madrid.

That is the view of former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson, who says that his playing style is slightly different than they are used to.

The World Cup winner has announced that he will leave Atletico this summer after five years at the club, with Barcelona widely tipped to sign him.

It is believed that the Spanish champions are ready to pay the buyout clause in Griezmann’s contract of £108m.

“It’s been an incredible five years. Thank you for everything,” the Frenchman posted in a video on Twitter to announce the news.

“I wanted to tell the fans who have always given me a lot of love that I have taken the decision to leave, to see other things, to have other challenges.

“The truth is it has been difficult to take this route but it is what I feel I need and I would like to thank all of you for the love you have shown me during these five years.”

The 28-year-old has scored 133 goals in 256 appearances for Atletico since joining from fellow Spanish outfit Real Sociedad in 2014.

Griezmann rejected an offer from Barcelona last year and revealed his thought process in a documentary called ‘The Decision’.

“As an attacking force, that could be a good combination”

Stewart Robson

But it looks as though one year later he will finally make the move to the Nou Camp.

And Robson thinks that Ernesto Valverde’s men will look better in attack with Griezmann.

“I can’t see him playing as an out and out centre-forward because I don’t think that is his best role,” he told ESPN FC.

“I think he has always been at his best when he has been playing for France when he has Mbappe running in behind and he has been the link up player.

“But in this current Barcelona side, Suarez I think has still got couple of years left in him so he could play through the middle, Messi coming in from the right hand side, and Griezmann doing what he did when he first started playing where he was postponed just slightly to the left and then joining in to the central areas.

“I think that could be a good link up but defensively it might cause them a few problems because I don’t think Griezmann will want to do too much tracking back and Messi won’t do it on the other side.

“But as an attacking force, that could be a good combination.

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol agrees but thinks Barca may have to slightly alter their set-up.

“Listen, the guy is a fantastic player and he is going to join fantastic players,” he added.

“They are obviously going to have some trial and error with the way they set up at first but when you have a chance to get a guy like Griezmann, just fiddling with the tactics a little bit is fine.”

loading...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *