Valverde backs Griezmann to face Atletico heat

Ernesto Valverde has backed Antoine Griezmann in the event of facing heat from Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Sunday morning.

The Frenchman comes back to Atletico subsequent to leaving the club for a huge expense of £110m, and all things considered, he will be forced to bear quite some heat from Atletico fans.

“Whatever you say, I can’t change how people behave with Griezmann. He left there, some will be valued and others not. We are used to harsh environments.”

“In both games in the Metropolitano, ​Atletico went ahead and we had to go back and draw,” he stated. “The two games followed the same pattern, we dominated, but they hurt us on the break. It is possible that the script is repeated. They defend well, together, but when they attack they hurt many players. It will be exciting.

“Atletico forces mistakes from you a lot with high pressure and we will need some patience to look for holes and cover what we have behind. They will run a lot, we will have to do it and the technical part will also be important.

“The importance of the game is for two reasons, first to regain the leadership and then for the morale we will have from here until the end of the year. Whoever wins will experience a very important high. It is a game in which you have to play [for] it.”

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