Valverde was excited to see Griezmann’s debut

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde is happy to see his new signing, Antoine Griezmann, debut with the Blaugrana shirt.

French footballer Antoine Griezmann has debuted at last for Barcelona in their 2-1 friendly defeat against Chelsea in Japan.

The former Atletico Madrid player stayed 45 minutes on the field for his Blaugrana debut.

And the team’s coach Ernesto Valverde couldn’t be happier.

“Griezmann has to get used to Barcelona’s play,” Valverde said to the press according to Goal.

“It’s easy to see how dangerous he is with the ball. He has bad intentions always for the rival.”

“We need a lot from him but it’s the first match,” he added.

“He has to see how we pressure and dominate rivals, but it’s the first match.”

Valverde explained what happened during the game: “We started in the right way both halves with a different 11 starters. We were better in the first 15 minutes.”

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“It was the first match for us, the fourth for Chelsea and we paid for that.”

“The good thing is to see how the new and young players can play,” he commented.

“It was a good test in order to compete because it’s different from training.”

Asked about if Neymar Junior was set for a Barcelona return, Valverde said: “Neymar is another club’s player.”

“So I don’t want to say many things for a player who belongs to another team.”


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