Griezmann, the one pointed out by Koeman

It is the first time this season that the Frenchman has chained two consecutive games as a substitute (the latter without actually playing). The ultimatum of the Dutch coach seems obvious.

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Antoine Griezmann had become one of the immovable pieces in Ronald Koeman's eleven. So much so that until now he had never chained two games as a substitute. But since the match against Cádiz (1-1) in LaLiga, where the team ended up losing two points due to an alarming lack of effectiveness, publicly denounced by the coach, that the French international has disappeared from the gala eleven.

The first was last Wednesday against Elche at the Camp Nou, in the postponed match of the first round. However, the argument that Koeman had decided to give him rest was more than plausible: Griezmann was one of the players who accumulated the most minutes on his legs. However, his absence in this Saturday's game against Sevilla has set off all the alarms at Can Barça. The Frenchman did not even play for a single minute, lagging behind players like Dembélé, Braithwaite or the young Ilaix Moriba. It was a game that was vital for Barça's league aspirations and against a very demanding rival that the Catalans knew how to resolve without their presence.

This time Koeman attributed Griezmann's absence to a tactical issue, clarifying that it was not a warning of any kind for the player. "It is not a message. The issue is that we have decided to change the system and put Dembélé on top. We needed someone faster than Leo on top. It was a change of system," said the Barça coach. Meanwhile, the Frenchman, despite his zero minutes in the match against Sevilla, showed happiness for the team's victory through his Twitter account with a "Win, win, win (Victory, victory, victory)", followed by two hearts with the colors of Barça.

The absence of Griezmann clearly marks a before and after of his disastrous matches against PSG (1-4) and Cádiz (1-1), where his offensive contribution was nil. Koeman, who has been very critical of his men for the lack of efficiency against goal, has been forced to make a decision to shake up the team. The French forward is one of the men who has dropped the most in his scoring average this February, after a particularly fruitful January. This evident decrease in performance of Griezmann has ended up paying with the substitution.

In fact, the last time that Griezmann was on track for two consecutive matches as a substitute dates back eight months ago, with Quique Setién in command: he started on the bench against Celta (2-2) and repeated against Atlético de Madrid (2-2 ), with the aggravating circumstance that the match against Atléticos jumped onto the field in minute 90.



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