Antonio Griezmann has hit out at Ronald Koeman with comments around his positioning for France.
The forward put in another start outing for his nation, helping Les Bleus to win over Croatia in the United Nations League group stage.
Griezmann is yet to score for Barcelona under the new boss. Didier Deschamps plays the 29-year-old in a more central role which helps get the best out of his talents. Koeman, of course, prefers Messi to play in that role over Griezmann and fits the latter more on the wings.
Griezmann said after the victory over Croatia, “I think it was one of my most beautiful goals. I tried to hit him well, I put everything in and if he went to the stands it didn’t matter. I feel good. The coach knows where to put me, so I take advantage of the situation, of this position and from the confidence of the coach and teammates.”
“It was a difficult game, not very nice to watch, not very nice to play either … Soft, difficult field, with an opponent who had to win. We knew how to suffer and the most important thing is to win. We show that we are strong defensively and that in attack we can score on every little occasion, “he added.
It would be ridiculous to think that Griezmann would be given preference over Messi. However, Koeman had also suggested when taking charge, that he would return Griezmann to his more natural position. So far, that has not been the case.