Barcelona head coach Quique Setien admitted it is difficult to play Antoine Griezmann without “destabilising” the team as he threw the Frenchman’s future into further doubt.
Griezmann was a 90th-minute substitute against former team Atletico Madrid, who earned a 2-2 draw away to defending La Liga champions Barca on Tuesday.
A €120 million signing from Atletico at the start of the season, Griezmann arrived amid much hype but the star forward has struggled at Camp Nou, where he has started on the bench against Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in recent weeks.
Griezmann has scored eight La Liga goals this season and 14 across all competitions for second-placed Barca.
However, Griezmann has not scored since Barca’s 1-1 draw against Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie prior to the coronavirus pandemic in February.
“I understand it’s tough for Griezmann to come on when so little time left. I will speak with him tomorrow, I won’t say sorry because [it’s about] decisions,” Setien said.
“But I understand he may feel bad and I feel bad for him because he’s a great person and professional.”
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