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Diego Simeone’s Reaction To Antoine Griezmann’s Late Cameo Is Just Sad To See

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Diego Simeone’s Reaction To Antoine Griezmann’s Late Cameo Is Just Sad To See

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admitted that he was stunned that Antoine Griezmann was reduced to a late cameo appearance for Barcelona.

Griezmann, 29, ended a five-year stint with Atletico last summer after Barcelona triggered his £107m release clause and signed him up to a five-year deal.

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But the French forward has not had the same impact at Barca as he did during his time at his former side.

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Griezmann came on as a substitute in the 90th minute as Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.

When asked about the World Cup winner's situation, Simeone told Movistar: "I'm without words."

Griezmann was an instrumental player under Simeone and won the Spanish Super Cup and Europa League during his time at Atletico.

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The France international started on the bench against Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla in recent weeks as he has struggled to maintain a place in the starting XI.

Griezmann, who has only scored 14 times in 43 appearances this season, has failed to find the back of the net since Barcelona's 1-1 draw against Napoli in February.

Barcelona manager Quique Setien claims that it is difficult to put Griezmann on "without destabilising the team."

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He added: "I understand it's tough for Griezmann to come on when so little time [is] left. I will speak with him tomorrow, I won't say sorry because [it's about] decisions.

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"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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Saul Niguez pulled one back for Atletico in the first half from the spot-kick, while Lionel Messi scored a brilliant penalty in the second half to restore Barca's lead.

However, Niguez would once again beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen from the spot-kick as Atletico managed to secure a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona are now one point behind fierce rivals Real Madrid, who could open a four-point lead at the top if they beat Getafe on Thursday.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/PA

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Antoine Griezmann, La Liga, Barca, Camp Nou, Diego Simeone

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