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‘I accept the criticism’ – Griezmann explains poor Barca form

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The under-fire forward has called for patience from the Barca fans as he lists several obstacles for his adaptation process at the club.

In the summer of 2019, FC Barcelona activated Antoine Griezmann’s €120 million release clause to prise him away from Atletico Madrid.

Probably the worst thing that can be said about the French forward to sum-up his stint at Camp Nou so far is that it is not exactly surprising to see him massively underperform.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Silver Boot and Bronze Ball winner continues to endure hardships in front of goal, netting just twice in 10 appearances this term, as he struggles to step up in the absence of Luis Suarez.

Ernesto Valverde was in the dugout when he joined the club last year. Quique Setien then took over before being replaced by Ronald Koeman in the summer after a trophy-less season.

It is this constant change in management that Griezmann says is preventing him to settle at the club, with the coronavirus pandemic also helping his adaptation process.

“I accept the criticism,” the former Atletico Madrid man told Jorge Valdano on the latest edition of Universo Valdano

“I had three managers in a year and a half, that is really hard with Barca’s style of play. Together with a pandemic to deal with too.

“So I still need time to adapt, because we had three different systems under three different managers, and therefore the players need time to adapt to me and I need time to adapt to them.”