I'll play Griezmann where I want, says Barca coach Koeman

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has told Antoine Griezmann that he will continue to be played on the right side of the pitch and it is up to the World Cup victor to prove that he justifies his selection.

Griezmann continues struggling to produce his best form for Barca, but was on target for France in the worldwide break and told the press afterward that France coach Didier Deschamps "knows where to play" him. I can only play one No. 9, one No. 10, one No. 7 etc.

"Everyone has the right to say things but the coach is in charge and the player has to perform his best", Koeman told a news conference ahead of Barca's visit to Getafe in La Liga on Saturday. "We know that these things can happen". I spoke to him yesterday, but not because of what he said. We talked about his position and performance.

"I spoke with Antoine [on Thursday] and I told him I'm looking out for the best for the team and I think he's best on the right for us", Koeman said. But I decide what is best for the team.

"I won't ask a player to play a role far from what he is used to, and I'm not doing it with Griezmann because he can play on the right". The coach is in charge and must get the most out of the players.

"You don't have to talk so much about individual players".

"I don't have any problems with Antoine, I only look for the best for the team and the club", he said. In fact, when I was the Dutch coach, in a game against France, he played on the right. "Griezmann can play inside".

With a Champions League game against Ferencvaros and the first Clasico of the season against LaLiga champions Real Madrid to come next week, Koeman does not intend to use the Getafe game to rest Lionel Messi.

"I decide based on what's best for the team". "We know that there is fatigue after being with the [players' respective] national teams, especially for the big teams that have a lot of internationals". I don't play players out of position. He's a victor who always wants to play, but I want to talk with him and the others and see how they are physically.

"Leo has spent many years playing in a tight schedule, and if he doesn't play then he feels even more exhausted", Koeman added.

"There were four or five offensive plays that had to get more performance", he recalled referring to the chances of scoring not completed by the Frenchman but did not want to enter the game when asked if he would have spoken with the same tone if the player in question it would have been Messi. "He is very self-critical". "I think it's going to be too early for him".

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