Antoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona was agreed all the way back in October and will be announced as soon as the season ends. Atletico Madrid have made a new renewal offer to the Frenchman but it’s only because they do not want it to look as though they let him go easily.
Philippe Coutinho said Barcelona were not feeling good after Sunday’s defeat at Levante saw them lose for the first time this season. He said: “We’re not feeling good, we wanted to finish the LaLiga season without losing. We played a very challenging match against a team that was very motivated.They scored five past us and deserved to win.”
Thomas Vermaelen was forced off injured during Sunday’s 5-4 defeat at Levante with a hamstring problem. The club have confirmed he will need more tests to determine the nature of the problem but it looks as though he will miss Sunday’s game against Sociedad.
Andres Iniesta also offered his thoughts about Barcelona missing out on an Invincible season. He said: “We were excited by the prospect of finishing the season unbeaten,” the captain said after the match.It’s not the most important thing this season.It just wasn’t to be.”
Goal have a look at where it all went wrong for Barcelona on Sunday night, starting with the omission of Lionel Messi from the squad. They look at how it was the wrong time for Ernesto Valverde to rotate with the unbeaten streak on the line against an in-form Levante side.
Lionel Messi looks set to win his fifth Golden Shoe after his nearest contender Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah finished the season on 32 goals. Messi has 34 goals and still one game left to play, against Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Diego Forlan reckons it is hypocritical of Atletico Madrid to complain about Barcelona’s pursuit of Antoine Griezmann, He told Onda Cero: “Griezmann did the same thing when he was with Real Sociedad so if we complained that Barca bought him then we’d be hypocrites.”