Griezmann needs time to adapt – Suarez
Luis Suarez has defended Antoine Griezmann’s slow start to life at Barcelona and believes he needs time to adapt.
Griezmann signed for Barcelona from Atletico Madrid in a 120million euro deal over the summer but he is yet to fulfil that price tag.
The France international, who helped his nation to win the World Cup in 2018, has hit four goals and laid on three assists in 12 La Liga outings.
He has been asked to play in a variety of different roles and has struggled to find his feet in the Catalan capital.
However, despite a lack of consistent form, which has led to some criticism, Suarez believes Griezmann will eventually come good.
Many players have found it difficult to adapt to the Barcelona style over recent years and Suarez admits it took him a while to get to grips with it.
Suarez said: “Obviously, it’s not easy for any player to start here in Barcelona. You need time in order to adapt. It takes time and matches and you are feeling better and feeling that your teammates are supporting you.
“Every player who arrives in Barcelona has a difficult first few months and first matches, people are looking at you with detail because of what Barcelona means, but he is quiet and confident because he has our support to play his best football.”
Griezmann scored his first Champions League goal for the Blaugrana after coming off the bench in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
The 28-year-old’s next outing is likely to come against former employers Atleti when Barcelona travel to the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.
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