Koeman defends Griezmann after fan followers


Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman has jumped to the protection of French ahead Antoine Griezmann after he was once more focused by jokes from the membership’s personal supporters.

Griezmann has angered a handful of supporters already this summer time, and he was provided exterior the membership’s coaching floor by a bunch of followers who felt that his excessive wage was attributable to Lionel Messi’s remaining departure from the membership.

Griezmann endured a irritating afternoon / Quality Sports Images / Getty Images

These emotions haven’t but disappeared as Griezmann was once more the goal of jokes from the followers, this time it was whistled throughout Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Getafe, the place he fought and was changed late.

“As a manager, I can not understand whistling our own players,” mentioned Koeman (by way of Sport). “You could whistle him if he had a bad attitude or did not work hard, but Antoine had other difficulties in the game. He was not as lucky as we could hope, but it’s just a match.

“I can ask him for 4 targets … however we’ve not created possibilities for him both. In addition, we misplaced the ball loads within the second half.”

Griezmann was not the only player that the target group focused on. Midfielder Samuel Umtiti, who did not even get on the pitch, was whistled as he warmed up on the sidelines.

As has been the case in recent summers, Barcelona have told Umtiti that he is free to leave the club, but he is reluctant to leave permanently and give up his expensive contract, which still has two years left to run.

One player expected to leave is midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Bosnia has attracted a lot of loan interest from Serie A sides, and La Gazzetta dello Sport notes that Barcelona are willing to pay 50% of his salary just to get rid of the other half of his salary.

Pjanic, whose contract has three years left to run, is wished by Juventus however has additionally been linked with Fiorentina and Roma.

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