why is Antoine Griezmann still starting on the bench this season?


Since the start of the Atlético Madrid season in La Liga, Antoine Griezmann has turned into a “supersub”. Substitute in the first three days, the French returned in the 62nd minute against Getafe and Villareal, and in the 64th minute against Valencia.

Providential goalscorer in Valencia

If he could not avoid the defeat of his team against the Yellow Submarine (0-2), « Grizou » was decisive in the other two meetings, even delivering the Colchoneros on Monday evening by scoring the only goal of the meeting. , just two minutes after coming into play at the Mestalla.

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But this new situation remains curious, reading the playing time of the FC Barcelona striker during his first of two years on loan to Atlético. Last year, Griezmann had indeed played more than 45 minutes in 80% of matches. “In my way of thinking, the quality of the minutes matters more than the quantity,” swept Diego Simeone on Monday, when asked about this subject at a press conference after the victory against Valencia.

“The substitutes brought something to the ball outfit and to the production of the game. They brought us peace of mind. As long as Griezmann responds that way when I bring him in, it will continue that way. I play him when I feel he will bring the most to the team, ”insisted the Argentinian technician.

A very annoying clause

But in reality, it is difficult not to imagine a correlation between the tactical choices of the « Cholo » and a clause in the contract of the striker of the Blues. According to information from the Spanish media Reportthis would force Atlético Madrid to exercise the option to buy 40 million euros if Griezmann played on average more than 30 minutes per game.

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According to our Spanish colleagues, this problem could be resolved in different ways: an agreement between the two clubs for a reduction in the clause of up to 20 million euros, or a 30% reduction in Griezmann’s salary which would allow the Atlético to pay the clause of 40 million euros.

Simeone: “An important player for the club and for the team”

Grizou’s departure would also settle the matter, but the player would like to stay in the Spanish capital and Simeone has indicated that he « hopes he will stay », as the summer transfer window comes to an end this week.

« Everyone knows how much I appreciate him, how much I love him, how important he is for the club and for the team, » he said on the sidelines of the defeat against Villareal.

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