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Antoine Griezmann goes quietly

The Atlético de Madrid overcome to tie against Levante in the farewell of its referent in recent years.


Antoine Griezmann, this Saturday, in his farewell.
JOSE JORDANAFP

There were no tears, no goal, yes some whistle and especially a lot of gray in the last game ofAntoine Griezmannwith Atlético de Madrid. To realize that the French was on the lawn had to wait for the few rojiblancos fans of the Ciutat de Valencia to dedicate a whistle that barely gained echo. Until that point the Gaul went unnoticed, a secondary actor in a match that was also last for theGodín,Juanfran,Filipe Luisand who knows ifRodri. On the day of the farewells – also ofPedro Lópezin the Levante-, the leading role wasSergio Camel, who at 18 years old debuted with the goal that put the final 2-2.

Neither the script played in favor of Griezmann. The Frenchman had to play on tip by absence of Morata and Diego Costa and, when Atletico was left with ten for the expulsion of Correa, he was even more isolated. Just a couple of sparks in the first half, a free kick that went wide and a shot that got poisoned after touching an opponent, and little else in the second. To half gas also in the pressure until Rodri nailed a zapatazo from the frontal in the square and put something of spicy to the final straight line. There he had the courage to look for the second and defend the tie afterwards.

A silent goodbye perhaps because everything was already said. He said it in his farewell video and said Simeone, who on Friday asked to stay with those "five wonderful years in which he has given everything". With those words the Argentine coach also wanted to save him boos, although some fell in the Ciutat de Valencia. Shy in the first part and something stronger in the second, when it seemed that it would be the last change of Atlético de Madrid. When it was seen that it was not him but Montero who was leaving, the whistles dissolved.

It was also the last game for Godín, who already received his tribute at Wanda, and for Juanfran, whom Koke and the Uruguayan wanted to honor by giving him the captain's armband for a final evening. Godín and Juanfran, half of a defense on which Atletico has raised his kingdom, and two of the four players who have played most games with the rojiblanco team since Simeone came to the bench. Another was Gabi and only Koke remains standing.

But on that farewell afternoon there was also a gap for the future. At halftime, Simeone knocked off Thomas, who had made a rude mistake at 2-0, and gave the alternative to Sergio Camello. With his body still young, the new pearl of the rojiblanca quarry came out with desire, he was seen by danger zone and found the prize that anyone dreams: ten minutes from the end, he got a ball bounced after a shot from Koke and , in the second suit, crossed it first with the interior before the exit of the goalkeeper.

"I do not have a body, but a goal," said Camello himself, who confessed that his dream is "to be a legend in Atlético, like every kid in the quarry". And with that goal and that innocence, in the last match of the Godín, Griezmann, Juanfran or Filipe Luis, he remembered that life will continue without them.

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