Antoine Griezmann at Barcelona was a ‘mistake’, Jeremy Mathieu believes as a former defender, saying the £ 108 million forward ‘is not at his Atletico Madrid level and has no interest’ at the Nou Camp.
- Antoine Griezmann came to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in 2019 for £ 108 million
- Still, the forward has yet to reach the heights he has reached at Atletico since joining
- Former Barca defender Jeremy Mathieu regularly faced Griezmann in Spain
Antoine Griezmann should never have exchanged Atletico Madrid for Barcelona, as he has not been the same player since joining the club.
That is the view of former Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu, who believes his French countryman made a ‘mistake’ just over 18 months ago.
Griezmann joined Barca in a £ 108 million deal in July 2019 and is expected to form a deadly offensive trio with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The latter left for Atletico in the summer.
Antoine Griezmann (photo) should never have come to Barcelona, Jeremy Mathieu thinks
Griezmann has struggled for form since joining Nou Camp in 2019 on a £ 108 million deal
However, since moving to Nou Camp, the 29-year-old has struggled to take shape, which also reflects the club’s decline.
And Mathieu, who played against Griezmann in Spain, thinks he should have stayed behind afterwards.
“Griezmann is not at his Atletico level,” said Mathieu RAC1
‘Personally I think it is a mistake that he came to Barcelona.
“At Atletico he was a very important part and I don’t know if he has that interest in Barcelona.”
Griezmann left Atletico, scoring 133 goals in 257 appearances during his five-year spell with the club.
However, since the big money for the Nou Camp, he has not been able to replicate that form, scoring just 15 goals in 48 goals last season, while this campaign has scored 12 goals in 34 appearances.
Atlético currently tops LaLiga with 55 points, eight ahead of Barça fourth after 23 games.