Some media in Catalonia have complimented Barcelona on the loan of the disappointing Frenchman, others have claimed that after his and Messi’s departure “Barça lost half of its power in attack”.
Antoine Griezmann’s move from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid on the final day of transfers in European football has left Barcelona fans in shock. It is true that the Frenchman has not justified the investment in him since Barça paid him 120 million euros in 2019, it is also true that the economic consideration following the crisis in which the club is immersed was central, but after he left Barça’s attack weakened even further.
The atmosphere in recent weeks at the club has not been in the sky anyway since Leo Messi moved to Paris Saint-Germain, and now without him and without Griezmann it will be difficult for the attack to display the ability from the past.
Although Luke de Jong arrived in his place on loan from Sevilla, an attack involving De Jong along with his Dutch friend Memphis DePay and Dane Martin Braithwaite does not really look convincing. “Where are the days of Messi, Suarez and Neymar?”, Miss the regular standers at the Camp Nou. “Barcelona really lost Messi and Griezmann in one month.”
“El Mundo Deportivo” mentioned that Messi and Griezmann were together last season responsible for 47 percent of Barcelona’s conquests – 58 out of 122. The Argentine scored 38 goals in all competitions and the Frenchman 20. “Barça lost half of its power in attack,” the headline read.
Veteran journalist Christina Cobro, who has been covering the club for more than 30 years, is not really sorry: “Griezmann has been enjoying his horses more than the team for a long time. He entered the locker room in the back door, was never close to Messi and all the winks were fake. “It’s true that he has seemed relieved in training since Lau left, but the locker room has continued to be under the control of those who have not given him a hand.”
Journalist Luis Mascaro wrote in a column in “Sport”: “Griezmann’s sale is a correction of the mistake he made, it is an admission of utter failure. He never rose to the level expected of him and did not acclimatize neither professionally nor socially. Barcelona does not miss much of his departure and that is the painful reality.”