The French attacker produced a strong show against Monaco after criticism, and his manager was quick to sing his praise
Diego Simeone praised the performance of Antoine Griezmann in the 2-1 Champions League victory of Atletico Madrid in Monaco, emphasizing his link-up game with Diego Costa.
Atletico was in control of much of Tuesday's game in Monte Carlo, where Griezmann played a particularly prominent role, appeared between the lines and routinely chopped up Monaco.
The visitors fell behind in the 18th minute after a few mistakes by Saul Niguez and Angel Correa resulted in Samuel Grandsir who just found it, but Atletico regained their focus and was ultimately a good prize for the win.
Their equalizer came via Costa, which was brilliantly released by Griezmann, and Jose Gimenez got the winner just before the break.
But Griezmann – who despite a disappointing start to the season was criticized for his audience goal of the Ballon d & # 39; Or – drew the praise.
"Griezmann is growing competition after game," head coach Simeone told reporters. "We came out of a big effort against Eibar.
"Today we started in a disadvantage and he [Griezmann] appeared at important times and places where he causes damage.
"He is decisive, the combinations with Costa were destabilizing. [They had a] Great game. "
Sergio Ramos was one of those who criticized Griezmann for his comments to Ballon d & # 39; Or, where the captain of Real Madrid told him that he should have more humility.
But Rodrigo refused to turn back on Ramos, but laughed Griezmann's performance.
"Nothing has touched him," Rodrigo told the media. "He has given a spectacular goal pass, players have to speak on the field and everyone has his opinion.
"We are not going to criticize Ramos because of what he thinks Antoine is very important to us, a world-class player – his words were not excessive.
"We believe he is among the top three in the world and he shows it, he is the most destabilizing player in the team and he has helped us a lot."
Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim also wanted to notice the difference between Griezmann, although he also accepted that the superior experience of Atletico had an impact.
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"Our opponent is stricter and more efficient than us," said Jardim. "So, it is the experience that makes the difference.
"We were 1-0 ahead, but then we missed a bit of maturity, the talent of Griezmann made the difference.
"I did not find many differences between the two teams in the game, the match remained very balanced, but we learn from our mistakes."