‘It’s always the same when a Barca striker doesn’t score for two games’: Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet defends out-of-form Antoine Griezmann and insists Frenchman ‘can only get better’
- Griezmann has endured a tough start at Barcelona since his big-money move
- The Frenchman has struggled to hit it off with Lionel Messi in his debut season
- The 29-year-old forward has scored eight goals in 31 appearances in LaLiga
Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has leapt to the defence of out-of-form forward Antoine Griezmann.
The Spanish giants paid €120million (£109m) to sign the Frenchman from rivals Atletico Madrid last summer.
But Griezmann has failed to repeat his prolific scoring record at the Nou Camp.
Antoine Griezmann has endured a tough start at Barcelona since his big-money move last year
The 29-year-old has scored eight goals in 31 appearances in LaLiga after being asked to play on the left of a front three with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
But Lenglet believes his team-mate can rediscover his best form.
The Barcelona defender told Le Parisien: ‘Antoine is well integrated in the dressing room, there really is no problem. On the pitch, he himself knows he can do better.
‘But we must not forget his statistics. He has still scored 14 goals and created several assists.
The Frenchman has struggled to hit it off with Lionel Messi (right) in his debut season at Barca
‘For a first season, it’s not bad. But, for Antoine, he is playing in a different style to what he was better used to at Atletico, and he is a player with whom we are very demanding.
‘But I see him working hard in training, it can only get better. It’s always the same when a Barca striker doesn’t score for two games, that’s he’s in trouble.
‘When he scores two goals, it looks like Super-Antoine is back.’
Barca are currently locked in a tense title race with arch-rivals Real Madrid, who are sitting top of La Liga by two points with only six fixtures left to play.
The 29-year-old forward has scored eight goals in 31 appearances for Barcelona in LaLiga