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Barca coach Koeman: I'll play Griezmann where I want

Barca coach Koeman: I'll play Griezmann where I want”

The France forward, who has yet to find the back of the net this season for Barca, has been on global duty and aimed a dig at Koeman after playing as a No 10 and scoring in the 2-1 win over Croatia in the Nations League.

The 29-year-old has registered just one shot on target for the club this season and is yet to create a single chance for a team-mate.

So far this season, Koeman has lined up Griezmann on the right wing, with Philippe Coutinho as the No.10, Ansu Fati as the left winger and Lionel Messi as the striker, albeit with the freedom to drop deeper and dictate Barcelona's play.

'The coach knows where to put me, ' Griezmann said about national team manager Didier Deschamps. I never play anyone in a position they can't play. "I want the best for the team and I think it is good for him to start on the right, he can also play as a number 10 or a striker, but I am the one who decides and he has to give his best", continued the coach.

Barcelona have four games in the next 11 days, which includes a Clasico at the Camp Nou against Real Madrid and then a Champions League match away to Juventus three days later, but Koeman is convinced that Lionel Messi will be able to play in all four matches. The coach is in charge and must get the most out of the players. But I decide what is best for the team.

The La Liga 2020-21 Getafe vs Barcelona fixture will be played at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.

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Barcelona will aim to return to winning ways when they play Getafe in La Liga 2020-21 on October 18 (Sunday).

Griezmann, a big-money import from rivals Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2019, hasn't yet found the net for Barcelona this season - with Koeman singling him out for criticism after he spurned a pair of goalscoring opportunities in Barca's draw with Sevilla earlier this month.

"I hope Marc can be with us soon, but it probably won't be next week". But Leo has been playing a very tight schedule for many years.

"He is a player who if he does not play is more exhausted. If there is a medical issue or fatigue it is different, but he is capable of playing the next important games that lie ahead".

"Since Tuesday, he has been training on the pitches and everything is going well for now", said Koeman. "We are happy with Neto's work".



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