Barca boss Ronald Koeman fires back at Griezmann after comments on position

    Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman firmly insists that he does not play Antoine Griezmann out of position after the 29-year-old hinted that he was dissatisfied with his large role.

    Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has reacted to comments by Antoine Griezmann in which the Frenchman hinted that the former Netherlands manager was playing him out of position.

    The former Atletico Madrid man has frequently included on the right-hand side of the Barca midfield behind Lionel Messi, with Philippe Coutinho inhabiting the 10 role and Ansu Fati on the left-hand side.

    Nevertheless, Griezmann discovered the back of the net while playing behind the striker in France‘s 2-1 Nations League win over Croatia, and applauded national team manager Didier Deschamps for starting him in his favoured position.

    Now, Koeman has hit back at the 29-year-old’s comments and firmly insisted that he understands what is best for the Blaugrana, informing press reporters: “I have actually spoken to Antoine and I informed him that I’m keeping an eye out for what is best for theteam I think he’s most efficient on the right for us.

    ” He can play in 3 positions. He might also play as a No 10 or a No 9. In fact, when I was the Netherlands boss, in a game against France, he played on the right against us– which is the very same at Barcelona.

    ” I have no problem with Antoine. I can only play one player in each of the 3 assaulting positions. I do not play any players out ofposition

    “Griezmann can play large coming inside on his left foot. If he has another position that he likes more, that is the situation, however we can not have 10 players in the very same role (No 10).

    “I decide based on what’s best for the team. The coach is in charge and the players must be at their best when they play.”

    Griezmann has signed up 15 goals in 51 appearances for the Catalan powerhouses since his arrival, however the France international is yet to open his represent the existing campaign.


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