15 Jul Antoine Griezmann transfer: France star will match Barcelona ‘like a hoop on a finger’, says former coach Martin Lasarte
Martin Lasarte, who coached the France star at Actual Sociedad, has backed his previous cost’s controversial transfer to the La Liga champions
Antoine Griezmann will match Barcelona “like a hoop on a finger”, in accordance with his former coach at Actual Sociedad.
Griezmann lastly accomplished his long-awaited transfer from Atletico Madrid to Camp Nou on Friday having appeared set to affix Barca final yr earlier than opting to remain put.
Barca triggered the €120 million (£107m/$134m) launch clause in his contract, though Atletico are demanding an extra €80m as certainly one of fashionable football’s longest transfer sagas rumbles on.
Griezmann will line up for Barca subsequent time period, although, bolstering the assault of the La Liga champions, who’ve additionally been linked with a deal for Paris Saint-Germain celebrity Neymar.
It’s unclear precisely how Griezmann slots into the plans of Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, who often paired Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez as a entrance two throughout 2018-19.
However Martin Lasarte, who coached Griezmann when the France ahead was breaking by way of at Actual Sociedad, feels the adjustment to Barca shall be easy for the striker.
“His signing for Barcelona – it could have occurred final yr, so it is one thing all people knew,” Lasarte instructed Omnisport. “Barcelona supporters had been indignant however I believe staying at Atletico was the proper resolution for him.
“Now I believe it is the proper time [to move] as a result of after Barcelona didn’t win all of the trophies final season – and in a foul means – so I believe Griezmann might match simply and assist them to return again, as a result of he’s a contented man and a really optimistic one.
“I believe Griezmann will match like a hoop on a finger after Barcelona’s state of affairs final season.”
Lasarte is maybe uniquely positioned to remark on Griezmann’s rise having performed a key position in his improvement.
“Effectively, it’s troublesome to be authentic once you outline somebody all people is aware of,” the coach stated. “I educated a really younger participant that clearly has grown up.
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“He made a large step to change into probably the greatest strikers on the earth. Anyway, he nonetheless retains a number of the issues he had when he was a toddler. He is aware of tips on how to learn the sport. All of us are impressed with how he passes the ball, how he dribbles, or how he shoots the ball.
“He’s a really good man, he is aware of tips on how to take selections on the pitch. He is aware of when he want to hurry up, when to cease, or go the ball quick or lengthy, or when to dribble.”
Griezmann shall be formally offered as a Barcelona participant at a information convention on Sunday.