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Antoine Griezmann: Barcelona are like a “cheat code in a video game”

By Ben Green

Published: 18:00, 21 July 2019

Antoine Griezmann has described new club Barcelona as a “cheat code” in a video game.

The 28-year-old Frenchman completed a highly controversial £107.6m switch from Atletico Madridearlier this month after Barça triggered his release clause.

Where will Griezmann play at Barca? Five things to know…

  • Griezmann has joined a side awash with attacking talent.
  • He will rival the likes of Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Malcom for a starting place.
  • His move hasn’t come without controversy, however, with Atleti reportedly irked by Barça’s handling of the deal.
  • It is believed Atleti are unhappy Barça were in contact with the star before his eventual move.
  • Either way, Griezmann has kept his talking to the pitch, and has since spoken in awe-stricken terms about his new teammates.

The World Cup-winner is set to play a key role in Ernesto Valverde’s starting XI across 2019/20 as the Blaugrana look to end a five-year wait for European glory next season, and he is relishing the opportunity of potentially starring alongside Lionel Messi & Co.

“Barcelona are building a team like a cheat code in a video game: Luis Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Frenkie de Jong,” he told Marca.

“We have a good team, great players and then it’s the boss that has to decide who plays.

“We’ll be ready to enjoy ourselves and make the fans and ourselves happy at all times.”

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Griezmann aiming to emulate Messi

The mercurial forward was certainly in a buoyant mood when describing his new teammates, but he took that zestful discourse to a whole new level when attention turned to Messi.

Hoping to replicate some of the Argentine’s training ground moves, Griezmann couldn’t hide his delight when outlining the prospect of working alongside the Barça legend on a daily basis.

He added: “Yes, it will be amazing [to play alongside him]. I’m excited to see what he’s like day to day, what he’s like in training.

“I want to catch him doing things in training that I will try to repeat or do in my own way and get to know him on and off the pitch.

“I will be ready to do whatever it takes: for him, for the club and for the players.”