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“This is my best version at Atletico Madrid” – Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann has been a key player for Atletico Madrid in 2023, following his return from the 2022 World Cup.

The 32-year-old has contributed 11 goals and eight assists in league action during the 2022/23 season, including a brace in the team’s 2-1 victory over Almeria. Despite his impressive form, Griezmann revealed that it took some time for him to readjust to life in Madrid after his permanent return from Barcelona in October 2022.

In addition to getting back into the swing of things with Diego Simeone‘s team, Griezmann has been working to repair his relationship with the Atletico fans who were understandably upset by his move to Catalonia in 2019.

“I knew when I returned, I had to make myself small because of everything I had done to the fans,” he said.

“I worked hard. Because of contract issues, and the 30 minutes that I could only play, but I didn’t care”.

“All the effort, together with my teammates, they give me the goals and the assists”.

“I think I’m in my most complete version for assists and goals. Atletico’s game is less vertical and we pass more, I have to adapt to find my place”.

“I’m very happy with my performances, but I haven’t reached my ceiling. Hopefully I can reach it soon. In the national team it’s different because I’m closer to the box, but I will find my place”.

Atletico Madrid are third in La Liga as they look to nail a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League with less than 10 games to go.

 

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