Welcome to TalkBarca. Our current topic is fully revolving around the record signing of Griezmann. Here, we will go through critical analysis and will ponder that did Griezmann justify his price tag of 120m?
Being a super expensive signing of 120 million, Antoine Griezmann had a lot to prove when he stepped onto the grass of Camp Nou on Monday night. FC Barcelona vs Real Betis was a very crucial game for the club and the fans. The match ended 5-2 with Antoine Griezmann scoring two incredible goals and providing one assist.
Griezmann was also asked in an interview earlier that how will he apologize to the fans about the disappointment he gave them last season. He replied that he would show his apologies through his performance on the pitch. No doubt, he did. It seems like the crowd has already forgiven him and embraced him as a Barca player.
A Sole Performer:
With Messi out, Barcelona was in a vast deficit heading into their home game. Furthermore, Suarez and Dembele were also out injured, and the cules were hopeless that their team would perform well. The fans were looking towards Griezmann to lift his game and deliver a match-winning performance.
Taking that into account, Griezmann had to involve a lot more in the game as he usually does. Even Valverde said before the game that he needs to present much more than he had in the previous games. Griezmann himself accepted this fact and claimed that he would act accordingly. Thus, he dropped down a lot and made small plays with the midfield. He even dropped down to the defense and contributed there as well.
Nabil Fekir scored a brilliant goal on 15th minute to take lead for Real Betis. Barca fans were really disappointed and the Camp Nou was completely silent. It was Griezmann who leveled the score with an outstanding volley at the 41st minute. We didn’t see any celebration from Griezmann after the first goal. It was clear that he wasn’t satisfied with his performance and wanted to do more. There was this gaze in his eyes showing how determined he was to make an impact and win the game.
2nd Goal Golazo:
The second goal of Griezmann massively lifted the crowd in the Camp Nou. Griezmann curled the ball past Dani Martin into the far post from the edge of the box. Furthermore, he added that he saw Lionel Messi scoring a similar goal in training and attempted to score one like that himself.
Magical Celebration From Griezmann:
Home fans also loved the way Griezmann celebrated his second goal. The French striker added that Le Bron James inspired the celebration. The fans loved his dedication towards the club. The fans also appreciated the efforts which he put during the game.
Overall, it was an excellent outing for the Blaugranas. A significant factor into the winning was, Antoine Griezmann as he ended up as the Man of the match. However, the question still remains. Did Griezmann justify his price tag of 120m? Well, one game cannot answer this question. It is a long season ahead. Let’s see what else does he have in the bag for us.
Well, that was all for Griezmann’s magical performance in FC Barcelona vs Real Betis. What are your thoughts about Griezmann’s performance? Let me know in the comments. You can watch highlights of the game by clicking here. Visca El Barca!