Antoine Griezmann

Ernesto Valverde has praised Antoine Griezmann’s performance in his return to Atletico Madrid as Barcelona claimed a 1-0 win on Sunday.


The fought-hard win saw Valverde’s men claim three points as they went further to perform this season.

“He looked good. It was a tough game for him. It’s difficult when you face players you have played alongside for many years,” the Barcelona head coach told a news conference.

“He was whistled a little bit. He was fighting and working hard. He had a really good chance and could maybe have controlled the ball better. It’s something that happens when you come back to a place where you spent so long for the first time.

“That was what happened to Griezmann. He fought to overcome it and I think he played well.”