Barcelona cannot depend on Lionel Messi’s magic anymore, Rivaldo has said.
He revealed while saying it is very clear that Griezmann has been written off as a bad signing at the club.
According to him, Messi recently reached his 700th goal with Barca which is a sign that it has been a long time and he cannot keep carrying the club alone.
He added that the lack of creativity and unpredictability in Barcelona is also down to lack of options on the bench for Quique Setien, and this must be addressed soon.
His words, “Barcelona cannot depend on Lionel Messi’s magic all the time. He reached his 700th goal with Barcelona which is absolutely astonishing and only proves how fantastic he is as a player, always delighting his fans – but he can’t carry the team.
“Playing behind closed doors harmed Barcelona against Atleti as the visitor didn’t face a hostile environment at Camp Nou, but that’s not an excuse for Barca’s disappointing performances since the return after the lockdown.
“The lack of creativity and unpredictability in attack also comes from a lack of options on the bench for Quique Setien. I can’t see a player on the Barca bench entering the game and deciding a match like the one against Atleti.
“Furthermore, if you want to change anything you can’t wait for the end of the game and expect that Antoine Griezmann will solve anything by coming on in the 90th minute.”
“I can’t understand why a world champion for France, former Atletico Madrid star for years and multi-million euro signing from Barcelona can only come on in the final minutes of such an important game as the one against Atleti.
“That shows me that something is not good in the team, because if you don’t put Griezmann in a game of such importance you are assuming that he is not at his best and might have been a bad signing. It’s a bit concerning, the situation at Barcelona right now, and they could end up losing La Liga.”