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Is Griezmann being pushed to the limit?

16th Dec, 2019 | By Pedro Luis Ripoll (Marca newspaper) | ||

Over the past weeks and months, the sporting evaluation of Antoine Griezmann has not been entirely favourable and his star power has faded a little.

Many have linked this to the period of adaptation that comes with joining a new club full of existing superstars. Others have spoken about a change in position. There is also the opinion that it might just be a temporary poor run of form. With football being a game, there can be good and bad runs of form.

In any case, Griezmann is not sharp. From a physical point of view, which is what I want to talk about here, this usually happens when injuries interrupt a player's physical and tactical progression. But that's not the case with Griezmann. In the past three seasons, he has played 95 per cent, 94 per cent and 93 per cent of the matches possible with his clubs and with his national team. That's 149 matches and 12,010 minutes across the past three seasons.

He almost never gets injured and this is a virtue, but could it be that Griezmann is being pushed to the limit because of the number of matches played? Can a footballer play so many matches and minutes and remain at the top level? Looking at the numbers, you can see that the number of kilometres covered per game, the number of dribbles attempted and even the movement of Griezmann is not what it was.

In any case, physical preparation alone cannot explain his situation as there is also a need to consider the elements such as tactical adaptation, motivation and the psychological part of moving into his new role from the left side of attack in FC Barcelona as against where he used to play---in the centre—in Atletico Madrid.

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