Griezmann says he feels more ‘free’ with France and criticism at Barcelona is ‘exaggerated’


Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has hit a run of sparkling form for the French national side ahead of the upcoming European Championships, and he seems to be loving life with Les Bleus at the moment, scoring some wonderful goals in friendlies vs Wales and Bulgaria.

After his fabulous performance against Bulgaria, where he scored an incredible overhead kick, Griezmann spoke to French outlet L’Equipe, analysing his form for France and how it is different playing for the national selection as opposed to playing with Barcelona.

Griezmann’s time at Barcelona has been turbulent, to say the least. He did not get off to a great start in the Claret and Blue outfit, but he has shown massive improvement in the season gone by. His big-money move naturally brought about a lot of scrutiny whenever he failed to reach the mark, something he believes was unwarranted at times.

“In France, I earned respect, on the team all the balls go through me. I feel more free as I was with Atlético. In Barcelona, my beginnings were complicated, and the criticism was sometimes were exaggerated,” he began, clearly unhappy with the amount of negative talk during his initial time at Barcelona.

He then spoke about last season and what to expect from the upcoming campaign: “Last year was a bit complicated because we had a lot of injuries and we played in a system where not everyone was in their best position. But we will start a new season with new players.”

“I feel like I’m at my best. I’m less tired than I was in 2018 or even in 2016. From my point of view, I’m happy and physically better than I’ve been in previous years,” Griezmann concluded. He will undoubtedly be one of the marquee players for France at the Euros, and his form will be worth keeping an eye on.



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