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Saul backs Atletico team-mate Griezmann for Ballon d’Or – football news

Atletico Madrid and France star Antoine Griezmann would be a worthy winner of the Ballon d’Or, according to club team-mate Saul Niguez.

Griezmann was included on the 30-man shortlist for the coveted individual prize, having finished third for the award in 2016.

The 27-year-old enjoyed another fine campaign with Atletico – scoring 29 goals in 2017-18 as his team won the Europa League – while he netted four times to help France to the World Cup title.

Griezmann himself has called for the Ballon d’Or to be bestowed on one of France’s World Cup winners, despite Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s dominance of the award over the last decade .

Saul said Griezmann deserved to win the Ballon d’Or, with Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric the favourite.

“I wish. He would be a fair winner for me,” the Atletico midfielder told RNE on Tuesday.

“Atletico Madrid are growing and are doing so partly thanks to Griezmann. He doesn’t have the numbers of Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi, but he makes us play and score goals – for his club and national team.”

Saul also defended Atletico coach Diego Simeone, who was booed by fans earlier this season.

Atletico sit third in the La Liga table, just a point behind leaders Sevilla and level on points with second-placed Barcelona after an up and down start to the season in Spain’s top flight.

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But the midfielder believes his manager deserves the benefit of the doubt after the amount of success the club have had under his watch. 

“With everything he has done and everything he is doing, the doubts are unthinkable,” Saul said.

The club return to action against Villarreal on October 20 and follow that match with a clash against Germany outfit Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. 

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‘He’s my little friend’ – Griezmann plays down spat with Real Madrid ace Ramos – football news

Antoine Griezmann said he has a lot of respect for Sergio Ramos after the Real Madrid captain publicly questioned the Atletico Madrid star’s ambition.

Ramos urged Atletico head coach Diego Simeone to teach Griezmann some “values” after the Frenchman and World Cup winner talked up his Ballon d’Or chances.

Griezmann claimed he is on the same level as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, prompting a response from the Madrid skipper.

Atletico forward Griezmann and Ramos went head-to-head in Saturday’s Madrid derby, which ended goalless at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Asked about Ramos afterwards, Griezmann said: “He’s my little friend, I have a lot of respect for him. 

“He’s an example for the kids and a great centre-back.

“For me, this is a game, I like to have fun with my team-mates and with players from other teams.

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“Sometimes I’m ‘poking’ and this time I was ‘poked’.”

Ramos also discussed Griezmann following the clash and the Spain international told Movistar Plus: “I have not spoken with Griezmann, regardless of the opinion of each other, one must always have the utmost respect for a fellow professional.”

Barcelona and Madrid are level on 14 points atop the LaLiga table, two points ahead of fourth-placed Sevilla.

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Griezmann will find form as Atletico improve, says Simeone – football news

Diego Simeone believes that striker Antoine Griezmann will continue to get better as his Atletico Madrid’s form picks up pace this season.

Atletico only managed to muster five points across their first four games of the new campaign in La Liga but have since won three on the bounce, including coming from a goal down to defeat Monaco 2-1 in the first game of the Champions League group stages.

France forward Griezmann has only scored twice domestically this term, but the 27-year-old World Cup winner has also provided three assists in six appearances.

Simeone remains confident that his star striker will only get better as the team grows, with his side preparing for a derby clash with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“The team is improving and, as a result, the individuals are improving too,” the Argentine said.

“It’s very difficult for a player [Griezmann] to be better when the team is not playing well. They have improved and, so, our key players are growing.”

Asked whether the former Real Sociedad man would be able to help the club to another victory against their biggest rivals, Simeone said that he was hopeful he could make a difference, but stressed that it would not be an easy encounter.

“It will be difficult for all of us to face Real Madrid, but I expect it to be a game which he can make more comfortable for us,” he added.

Atletico sit two points behind leaders Barcelona and Real in La Liga, on level terms with Deportivo Alaves and Espanyol, and know that an away victory will prove vital to their title ambitions.

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Simeone’s side has not won the top-tier crown since 2013-14 and are looking to arrest a run of four straight titles between Ernesto Valverde and Julen Lopetegui’s sides.

They are also looking to emulate Real’s run in the Champions League, having downed Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final last season in Lyon, with Griezmann scoring a brace to help secure silverware.

After their derby, Atletico next play Club Brugge in their second European match of the season on October 3, before they host Real Betis in La Liga four days later on October 7.

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‘I don’t see what else Antoine could have done’ – Griezmann deserved The Best nomination, says Godin – football news

Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin does not understand how Antoine Griezmann was not nominated in the shortlist to win FIFA’s The Best award and hopes that the World Cup winner is given the recognition he deserves in the Ballon d’Or.

Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and eventual winner Luka Modric were the final three players in the running for the prestigious award, with Griezmann’s absence a major talking point.

The attacker won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid last term and the World Cup with France, and Godin is at a loss to explain how he could have been so overlooked. 

“If we look at what he achieved in 2018, I think Antoine deserved to be there,” he told L’Equipe. “He won the Europa League and was the decisive player in the final, he won the World Cup and was also the best player in the final. 

“I don’t see what else he could have done. Oh yes, win the European Super Cup! And he did that, too.”

Godin explained that Griezmann’s role in the squad goes beyond that of most forwards.

“It goes beyond scoring goals or making assists,” he explained. “Above all, he’s a team player who puts the collective before himself and who plays an important tactical function. 

“He knows and feels what he has to do for the common good. He understands the game extremely well and makes the right decisions for others. What’s more, he’s got this intelligence to be in the right place on the field. He makes the difference.”

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With this in mind, Godin has backed his club-mate for the Ballon d’Or, the shortlist for which will be revealed on October 8, with the winner declared on December 3.

“As a team-mate, as a captain and as a friend, I hope with all my heart that he wins it,” he said. “I know that it would make him really happy, and everyone at Atletico would share his happiness if that was the case.”

In the meantime, Godin, Griezmann and the remainder of the Atletico squad are preparing for a derby meeting with Real Madrid on Saturday at the Bernabeu.

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Rodrigo and Simeone salute ‘decisive’ Griezmann display – football news

Diego Simeone applauded the performance of Antoine Griezmann in Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 Champions League win at Monaco, highlighting his link-up play with Diego Costa.

Atletico were in control for much of Tuesday’s contest in Monte Carlo, with Griezmann playing a particularly prominent role, appearing between the lines and routinely slicing Monaco open.

The visitors fell behind in the 18th minute after a couple of errors from Saul Niguez and Angel Correa resulted in Samuel Grandsir finding the net, but Atletico regained their focus and were good value for the win in the end.

Their equaliser came through Costa, who was brilliantly released by Griezmann, and Jose Gimenez got the winner just before half-time.

But Griezmann – who has been criticised for his public targeting of the Ballon d’Or despite a disappointing start to the season – attracted the plaudits.

“Griezmann is growing match after match,” head coach Simeone told reporters. “We came from a big effort against Eibar.

“Today we started at a disadvantage and he [Griezmann] appeared at important moments and in places where he harms.

“He’s decisive. The combinations with Costa were destabilising. [They had a] great game.”

Sergio Ramos was among those who criticised Griezmann for his Ballon d’Or comments , with the Real Madrid captain telling him he should have more humility.

But Rodrigo refused to hit back at Ramos, instead lauding Griezmann’s performance.

“Nothing affected him,” Rodrigo told the media. “He has given a spectacular goal pass. Players have to speak on the field and everyone has his opinion.

“We are not going to criticise Ramos because of what he thinks. Antoine is very important for us, a world-class player – his words weren’t excessive.

“We believe he is among the top three in the world and he is showing it. He is the most destabilising player on the team and he has helped us a lot.”

Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim was also keen to pinpoint the difference made by Griezmann, though he also accepted Atletico’s superior experience had an impact.

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“Our opponent has been more rigorous and more efficient than us,” Jardim said. “So, it’s the experience that makes the difference.

“We were ahead 1-0, but then we were missing a little maturity. Griezmann’s talent made the difference.

“I did not find many differences between the two teams in the game. The match remained very balanced, but we learn from our mistakes.”

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Griezmann: If Beckham wants me in Miami, I’ll go! – football news

Antoine Griezmann has confirmed he would move to Inter Miami if David Beckham wanted him to.

Beckham has set up the MLS franchise, which will begin playing competitively in 2020 .

Inter Miami’s name was revealed earlier this week , with rumours already circulating regarding who Beckham could target, with the ex-England captain boasting a fearsome contacts book.

And Griezmann has now revealed that he would be willing to move to America were he to be asked, though he says that Miami is not his only possible destination.

“If Beckham wants me in his club, then I’ll go,” he told L’Equipe . “I want to finish my career in the US. I don’t know yet if it’s going to be in Miami or Los Angeles.

“They are two great cities. I like the mentality and the show culture of the US.”

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The 27-year-old is approaching his peak, but has already enjoyed a career that many would only dream of, winning the World Cup, the Europa League and the Spanish Super Cup, as well as scoring 113 goals in 213 games for Atleti.

Griezmann has also won 62 caps for France, scoring 24 goals, including a strike in the 4-2 victory over Croatia in the 2018 World Cup final.

He was helped at the tournament by the prodigious talent of Kylian Mbappe, PSG’s brilliant 19-year-old forward.

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Mbappe lit up the world stage in Russia, scoring four goals, and was also on the scoresheet in the final.

And Griezmann believes that his strike partner can hit a half-century of goals in a single season, due to a positional change that has seen him become more of a striker instead of a winger.

“As he will be less glued to the line and more in position to score, with the experience he has, he can score 50 goals per season.”

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A Frenchman or Modric has to win the Ballon d’Or – Giroud – football news

Olivier Giroud has dismissed the importance of The Best FIFA Men’s Player award and is adamant a Frenchman or Luka Modric has to win this year’s Ballon d’Or for their respective World Cup exploits.

FIFA revealed the three-man shortlist for their individual gong on Monday , with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Modric the three nominated.

Many were surprised by the fact Lionel Messi and all of France’s World Cup-winning squad were overlooked, with Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe perhaps particularly unlucky given their strong respective seasons.

Giroud was stunned, yet he does not feel FIFA’s award has any relevance in football, with the Ballon d’Or the main prize in his eyes.

“It is very surprising, but, to be honest, I do not attach importance to this trophy,” Giroud told Le Parisien . “I’m only interested in the Ballon d’Or.

“It must be a Frenchman or Modric [who wins the Ballon d’Or]. If I could vote, I know which of my partners I would choose, but I will not tell you.”

Mbappe enjoyed a fine World Cup and caught the eye with several impressive performances, particularly his two-goal display in France’s 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina.

And, for Giroud, the 19-year-old is the best teenage talent he has seen since Thierry Henry.

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When asked if he is continuously surprised by Mbappe, Giroud said: “How can you not be?

“He is breathtaking with his talent and maturity. One wonders where he will stop.

“At the same age, I have never met a boy so strong. It’s never been seen since, perhaps, Thierry Henry.”

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Antoine Griezmann says he was “embarrassed” by Thibaut Courtois’s criticism of France’s style of play after they knocked Belgium out of the World Cup, considering it hypocritical after Courtois won a title with a similar style at Atletico Madrid.

Goalkeeper Courtois claimed he would have preferred to lose to Brazil in the quarter-finals as “at least that was a team that wanted to play football”, before describing France as “an anti-football team”.

Eden Hazard was also scathing of Didier Deschamps’ side, who had only 36 per cent of the possession at Krestovsky Stadium but still attempted 10 more shots than their opponents, with their winning goal coming from a Samuel Umtiti header from a corner.

Griezmann thinks Courtois’s comments were hypocritical given he was part of the Atletico team under Diego Simeone that won La Liga and reached the Champions League final in 2013-14 by often playing defensive football.

“What Courtois said embarrassed me because he played for Cholo, he knows how it goes, he won La Liga like that,” Griezmann told L’Equipe.

“They’re two different playing styles. There was a time for [Pep] Guardiola and his attacking 4-3-3. Now, there’s a time for this kind of 4-4-2.”

When asked if the remarks annoyed him, Griezmann replied: “No, but I still would have said the same in their situation.

“You play a game where you have possession and spend your time attacking. Opposite you, you have a boring, solid team, who concede almost no chances. When that happens, the goalkeeper makes an amazing save. And you get the goal from a set-piece, then the team goes back to defending…

“Yes, I would have said the same.”

Griezmann felt his own form in Russia peaked in the Belgium match, admitting he did not hit his stride until the knockout phase after struggling with fatigue during the group stage.

“I think that from the last 16 until the final, I was good in relation to what the match required,” he said.

“Against Argentina, I remember a ball I took off Lionel Messi on the surface and I thought, ‘that’s it, I’m okay, it’s going to be okay’. Against Uruguay, I was successful with set-pieces and then I took the game into my own hands, as I do at club level: keep the ball, win fouls…

“Against Belgium, I think that’s where I was best. I took control and found passes between the lines in difficult situations. And I was there defensively.”

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Griezmann ended speculation of a move to Barcelona on the eve of the finals, releasing a video entitled ‘The Decision’ in which he confirmed he would be staying with Atletico.

The forward received some criticism for the timing and manner of his announcement, but he insists he had not made a decision until that time.

“It was the moment I knew my decision was made and I would not change any more,” he said. “Maybe it didn’t please everyone, but I wanted to show the moments we can go through in these situations and I received messages from sportspeople who loved it.”

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