FC Barcelona – La Liga Raul Varela gives his opinion
Gareth Bale was the unfortunate victim of jokes on Sunday after his eventual second debut at Tottenham under Jose Mourinho, but his legacy in Spain already has an heir. He doesn’t play golf, he speaks much more Spanish, he involves himself with his fans, but things aren’t working.
He is the new target of media harassment. His name is Antoine Griezmann.
Everything he does and everything that happens to him is solely and exclusively his fault. It has nothing to do with his teammates, the inability of his coaches or the wider situation at Barcelona.
Griezmann came in through the back door and has never been assigned a seat in the living room. The best he’s had is a stool from the kitchen, sitting behind the party with a glass of water in his hands while the others enjoy bread, cheese and wine.
Ousmane Dembele gives him a break with his sporadic appearances in the XI, but the stories of each weekend are already written, at least those which are negative.
Between Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati, the resurgence of Philippe Coutinho and the excitement of new names like Pedri and Trincao, there’s always a sentence pointing fingers at Griezmann and taking shots at the world champion.
Even a hat-trick against Real Madrid wouldn’t change that. Just ask Gareth Bale how his decisive goals were reported, each countered with talk of an injury or a hasty departure from the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu before his teammates had finished playing.
Antoine Griezmann has become LaLiga Santander’s new Gareth Bale.