Analysing Griezmann comments, new deal, and Cholo

Carlo Valladares addresses the pressing issues facing Atleti this summer

Griezmann signed one year contract renewal on Tuesday

Griezmann signed one year contract renewal on Tuesday

Atletico Madrid’s supposed 17/18 season kits have leaked, but we at AtléticoFans.com still want to address Antoine Griezmann’s recent comments (or backtracking) and his new deal that extended from 2021 to 2022.

Amid the news of the deal and the confirmation, the French superstar took advantage of the deal to release an apologizing statement on the club’s official website:

“The first thing that I want to do is apologize to the people who misunderstood my statements. Maybe I expressed myself badly or someone wanted to make news where there weren’t any, but since I came, I have given my all for my club, my teammates, and my coaching staff, and I’m very happy to live one more season with all of you.”

This new deal and recent comments didn’t mark the end of Manchester United’s high-profile interest; in fact, it was the Court of Arbitration’s decision to reject Atletico’s transfer ban appeal that seemingly squashed the deal’s momentum.

The deal didn’t just impact Atletico Madrid’s summer recruitment plans; it seems to have influenced Griezmann’s decision to leave the club amid their inability to find a replacement due to the ban.

Back in May, on the same day the transfer ban appeal was rejected, Griezmann took to Twitter to show his commitment toward Los Rojiblancos. Obviously, the timing of the tweet was not coincidental:

Nevertheless, here we are now. #Griezmann2022 happened. It is happening. We can credit his ability to sympathize with Atleti’s unfortunate recruitment halt and the ban itself. Given his remarks to Telefoot earlier this month, it is obvious his decision to stay was due to new circumstances and not out of his pure love and loyalty for the club, per Bleacher Report:

And that is okay.

Personally, as someone who has watched Griezmann grow into a complete player as a central striker, No.10, and as a half-space roamer, it didn’t bother me that the former Real Sociedad man wanted to try new challenges with a bigger club and a coach who is a proven winner. No disrespect to Diego Simeone, our hero, but if I was Griezmann, the prospect of Jose Mourinho on the touchline for a final seems more like a guaranteed celebration than our Argentine gaffer.

These tempting matters aside, despite the new deal, Griezmann still has evoked doubters regarding recent comments. It is still widely believed he will not stay long term and will definitely go to Manchester United next summer when Atleti is able to conduct recruitment business.

Some Atletico fans will be salty, some Atletico fans may not give him the same praise for the upcoming 17/18 season, but as I have told others and continue to tell them – Simeone staying (hopefully for longer than Griezmann) is a true reason to be happy, even more so than our French superstar. Regardless of who leaves, Simeone is the guy that is the true difference maker. Not Griezmann.

Obviously, be happy we have both for next season but never think we’re hopeless to find goals when Griezmann does leave. No, we have one of the best coaches in the world that is great at finding a way.


  • AndersAT

    Nice article. And I agree that it would not have been a disaster if he left, but it is nice he stays. I hope Costa joins in January. Those two together would be devastating.

    I don’t agree on your views on Man U and Mourinho though. I think he is heavily overrated, and if Griezmann would like to win titles Man U is definitely not the right place. He should go for Man City, Chelsea, Bayern or Juventus.

  • Guardiola is massively overrated. Mourinho mostly wins due to his tactics, not his players. Guardiola needs Ballon d’Or nominees.

    Thanks for reading, though.

  • AndersAT

    Hmm. Agree that Guardiola is overrated too, but it does not change the fact that Man U under Mourinho has been a disaster, much like Chelsea and Real Madrid before that, and there is no sign of that changing any time soon.

  • Manchester United will win a UCL with Mourinho.

    And how? Manchester United won 3 trophies. Far from disaster.

    Mourinho is Chelsea’s most successful Manager ever. No top manager today would win a UCL with the Porto teams and Inter teams that Mourinho coached.

  • AndersAT

    Hardly, but we will se about that.

    Community Shield, league cup and Europa league is hardly impressive with a club like Man U (playing awful football in the meantime), but if you think so, fair enough.

    His previous feats are of course impressive, and I do not disagree with that, I referred to his last spell with Chelsea and Real Madrid, which mounts up to a long time of not being a particular good coach with some great teams.

  • I only acknowledge winning. I don’t feed into that common fan, media bred “attractive” football nonsense.

    He got too ahead of himself with Real Madrid. He won a title in his last spell with Chelsea, too, despite his last season being a disaster. But his players dropped into unrecognizable form that 15/16 season.

  • AndersAT

    I am not talking about attractive football, I am a more result oriented guy also. I am simply talking about not playing well.

  • SL_FAN

    Jose is massively overrated. After he exposed in Spain he is not the same guys he was. Chelsea Sacked him and even with most expensive squad in the world (May be 2nd) he finished 6th in EPL and won two domestic charity trophies.

    If Greiz move to Man U its because of global icon of Manchester United not because of Jose. If Jose continues to play his hoof the ball tactics griezman will be out Man U in following season.

    Hope Griez stays at Atletico (Much better club than Man U At the moment) or move to a Club like Bayern Juve or PSG even.

  • Jamie

    Good grief, what did I just read.

  • Vagabond Messi

    I think our board has become as worse as Barca , we’ve signed 28 years old Vitolo for 40m but we don’t want to spend that much on Diego Costa? We need midfielder who can control ball and tick in play, Serri is available for 35m and we’re not buying him. Every year we’re buying millions of attackers yet we’re struggling to score goals , it’s midfield that’s at fault not attackers.

  • Max Huber

    What happened with this page? Nobody here to keep it up? It’s a pity because it was the best english fanpage!

  • Vagabond Messi

    It seems Authors have no zeal or motivation to keep this site alive.

  • Max Huber

    very sad!!

  • Atleti-lover

    What is this???? 2-0 for Girona!!
    It seems the players think that this is a friendly game.
    You are playing la liga game!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Juanfran looks really out of his mind, the way he is defending. And all these long balls forward. What did Simeone train all pre-season long?

  • Max Huber

    Yeah – very bad play! Especially the midfield is playing shit – Koke and Gabi are doing nothing, Carrasco is sloppy, Torres as usual invisible and our defense is sleeping! Where is the hunger, and the fighting spirit?!

  • Max Huber

    It’s the same shit Cholo-play – long balls are a sign of an idealess play!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Juanfran looks really bad…

  • Max Huber

    Where is the fighting spirit?!!!!! I really can’t understand this shit play?? They do NOTHING to change this game!!

  • Kingdom

    Glory to Real Madrid!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Why a second yellow for Griezmann? Fucking spanish referees

  • Zinni DUDU

    We wasted 60 fucking Minutes with the long balls. Look what happens when they start to play football…FUCK FUCK FUCK

  • Kingdom

    Your club is a disgrace. Get relegated again!

  • Max Huber

    I really hope Cholo will learn from this game, but I’m very sceptical about that!

  • Zinni DUDU

    I am hoping that every year. Hope next week we are going to see Correa starting with Griezmann suspended and Vrasljko for Juanfran

  • Kingdom

    Just stop parking the bus. Be happy with conceding. 🙂

  • Max Huber

    But by the way – Atletico was lucky and unlucky at this game – lucky for many goals Oblak saved and the second goal by Gimenez and unlucky about horrible ref-desicions! The red card for Griezi was really hard!

  • Max Huber

    Actually there shouldn’t be any doubt about that!!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Suck my dick you little bitch. Hope Real gets fucked by Depor

  • AaX

    I’m through with this indiscriminate wait and absorb philosophy with every single team and even with lower newly promoted teams. You must choose your cautious and non cautious approach.
    This time we went as far as 20min before deciding to reignite initiation.
    We registered our first shot at goal after 34min.

    And I’m DONE with these rectal madrid referrees PERIOD

    Tonight’s was not because we were lucky or unlucky.
    Tonight’s was because we have decided to remain stupid thinking things from last season will still work starting this one.
    WE DESERVED conceding those.

    And OBLAK saved our asses more than thrice.

    I’d have Correa and Gaitan to start the Next’s.

    AUPA Forza ATLETI !!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Btw Lucas deservs to play alongside Godin. Savic and Gimenez are really bad

  • AnonX

    How was it ?
    We did look good playing 3 at the back. And that with only 10 men.

  • Vagabond Messi

    He’ll play extra CDM in Carrasco kr an extra defender .

  • Vagabond Messi

    On top of that they’ve made all fans believe that it’s just the steikers problem and Diego Costa will magically start scoring on long balls lol.

  • Vagabond Messi

    We looked good bevause we tried to play with 10men with 11 we teied to defend defend.

  • Vagabond Messi

    Lucas is better than both

  • Maura

    I agree with both of you, and would like to add in the next match I’d like the back line to be: Vrsaljko, Gimenez, Godin, and Lucas. With Thomas back from his suspension, it would be good for him to have game time. Maybe have Gabi play the first half and Thomas the second (like Barca used to do with Iniesta and Xabi). He was very impressive in preseason. I would definitely start Correa up front in the next match. If he can perform like he did last night, he will be very dangerous. But it seems like Torres, Juanfran, and Savic do less harm to the team on the bench than on the pitch.

  • Maura

    Are any of you concerned about Greizmann not scoring any goals in preseason and playing rather poorly last night before his ejection? It seems like his mind is elsewhere. I think that Vietto and Gaitan put in more effort than Griezmann. We actually played much better in a 3-4-3 after Griezmann’s ejection. Will the team appeal Griezmann’s red or let it stand?

  • AnonX

    I’m sure Grizzi will show up because he’s a Total Pro eventhough didn’t score in the Preseason’s.
    We should appeal for the red card although I’m not optimistic about it, because we would not able to field him against Valencia too should the card stands.

    On the other hand, it’s refreshingly encouraging to see Atleti were brave enough to play 3-4-3. We should consider playing this set up in selective matches to keep our opponents guessing and on their toes as compensation to this summer transfer ban.
    I don’t see any better option currently.

    Aupa ATLETI !

  • Max Huber

    Yeah, I’m thinking the same all the time! The problem are not only our strikers! THen every striker at Atletico must be shit – Jackson, Gameiro, Mandzukic and even Griezman – he didn’t score for a long period now. But are they bad players? NO! It’s our playing system which sucks! For years now! SOmetimes – mostly against strong teams – Cholo chooses another system – more offensive – and they play much better! THis team now doesn’t suite Diego Costa – maybe he’ll have the same problem than the other strikers the last periods, AND he’ll be suspended most of the time with our spanish refs!

  • Max Huber

    I thought the same – and he didn’t score for a long period. But he is our best player – he defends a lot and runs his ass off. With this playing system he has the same problems than any other striker! But he’s the one who tries to bring the ball forward and boost the game!

  • thericeking

    nice post