“I didn’t feel important. I’m used to playing everything, the big games, and I found myself on the bench against Real Madrid,” admits the Frenchman.
Antoine Griezmann, French international forward of the FC Barcelona, has given an interview to The team which will be published in full on Thursday, but from which some answers have been given by the French attacker. In that sense, Griezmann, one of the stars of Les Bleus for the Eurocup That will start on Friday, he acknowledges in the interview that he has had moments of unhappiness at the Catalan club, especially when he was not playing. “I didn’t feel important”, he pointed.
Have you ever been unhappy at FC Barcelona?
“Yes. When you lose the league, for example, you get sad. Also at the beginning of the season, because I wasn’t playing, I didn’t feel important. I’m used to playing everything, the big games, and I found myself on the bench against Real Madrid (He was referring to the Clásico on October 24, 1-3 for Real Madrid at the Camp Nou). It pisses you off seeing your teammates warm up on the field while you are next door. But they are decisions of the coach and we must accept them and do everything possible to change his mind. “
In Spain there has been much speculation about his relationship with Lionel Messi. How exactly is it?
“They are good. We get along well. Sometimes we text each other, we communicate a lot in training. On the field, he is obviously a very easy player to play with. You send him a melon, he turns it into caviar. We don’t have that pressure to give a bad pass with him. In the game, things get better and better. This year was a bit difficult because we had a lot of injuries and we played in a system where not everyone was necessarily in their best position. But we are going to start a new season. “
“I am in very good shape, even if there is a bit of fatigue. Although I did not play much at the beginning of the season, I think I finished strong in the last months. I arrive much less tired than in 2018 or even 2016. From this point of view, I am happy. We did a good preparation. Physically, I am doing better than in previous years. “
Do you still have the lost final of Euro 2016 on your mind?
“Always. Because they are important defeats, like the Champions League, that hurts. Sometimes you think about it, at night, when you go to bed or when you wake up in the morning. This makes you want to win a Euro Cup even more. ”
The great victories that followed, in the club or in the National Team, do they erase these defeats?
“Not completely. Until you win the competition you lost in, the taste of defeat lingers. The Euro, for example, as long as I don’t win it, I’ll remember the one I lost in 2016, that’s for sure. The Champions League is the same. Having big losses like these makes it easier to appreciate later wins.
This Euro gives rise to the return of Karim Benzema to the French team. When and how did you find out?
“Like everyone else, during the listing announcement, in front of my TV. I was surprised, of course, but also happy. He is Karim, a great striker, who can only do us good. Frankly, we can only be delighted to have you with us. We must do everything to make you feel your best, adapt as quickly as possible, and gain confidence. He’s a guy we can easily play with and he’s obviously welcome among us. “
In France he feels freer
“In France I have earned respect. All the balls go through me, I feel much freer like when I played for Atlético. In Barcelona my debut was complicated and the criticism, at times, exaggerated. I feel more comfortable playing freely. “