Dani Carvajal sent Antoine Griezmann 'for a nap' with piece of skill
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Antoine Griezmann was 'sent back to Barcelona' and made to 'nap' by Dani Carvajal, as the Real Madrid defender made his opponent look foolish with a piece of skill.
Griezmann finally got his first start of the season, as Atletico Madrid took on local rivals Real, in the Madrid derby, having been left to start on the bench in every other game due to a clause in his loan deal.
The World Cup winner may have wished he was still on the bench in the 43rd minute of the game, considering he normally comes on in the 60th minute, when he done by Carvajal.
The Real full back may have been in a tight spot when the ball was played to him on the right, still deep inside his own half, in line with the penalty area.
Griezmann was intent on closing down the right back and made a lunge for the ball, Carvajal remained completely calm though and just casually chipped the ball over the onrushing forward.
Unfortunately for the Atleti star, he ended up in a position that made it look like he was having a little shluff on the turf at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Carvajal sent griezman to sleep #AtletiRealMadrid #RealMadrid #football pic.twitter.com/9BfJ4h9BHy— thursday🇨🇿🇱🇧 (@thursdayking69) September 19, 2022
Carvajal sent Griezmann back to Barca 😭— 🃏 (@LosBlancoEhsan) September 18, 2022
MY MAN SLEEPING 😂 pic.twitter.com/ik68OIwBLV— Real Madrid FR 🇵🇸 (@FranceRMCF) September 18, 2022
https://t.co/tAQBUX0Y1q pic.twitter.com/ihZXjpR9oC— 𝟗. (@GreatWhiteNueve) September 18, 2022
It's the kind of image that should be accompanied by the scratching a record followed by a voiceover that says, "Yeah, that's me, and you might be wondering how I got here..."
Diego Simeone obviously decided that the French forward's form, which included a 101st minute winner in the Champions League, was enough to risk starting him.
The clause in Griezmann's loan means if he plays more than 45 minutes in 80% of Atleti's games then they have to pay €40 million for the forward.
However Atleti, like Barcelona, aren't exactly flush with cash these days so they're as desperate to avoid paying it as Barca are desperate to offload the 31-year-old.
However, the decision to start the former Real Sociedad player didn't work out for Simeone's side, who lost to their more esteemed neighbours.
Rodrygo put the visitors ahead after just 18 minutes and then enjoyed a samba dance in celebration with Vinicius Jr, after his fellow Brazilian had been racially abused by a group of Atleti fans.
Federico Valverde then continued his incredible form by breaking his personal record for goals scored in a season, and doubled Real's lead in the 36th minute.
Mario Hermoso pulled one back in the 83rd minute, to give the hosts some hope, but he was later sent off in injury time as Carlo Ancelotti's side picked up all three points.
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Topics: Antoine Griezmann, La Liga, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid
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