Atletico Madrid progressed into the semi-finals of the Europa League after overcoming Sporting Lisbon in the quarters. Is this an opportunity for Grizemann to repay the club with a European trophy as a peace offering?
Much has been said around the future of Antoine Griezmann, with strong links and even rumours of an agreement between himself and Barcelona. The Catalan giants have already all but won La Liga this season and are looking ahead to retaining the title next season.
Despite easing to the league title, their Champions League exploits left much to be desired, Griezmann has experience in the competition and would be a fantastic addition to a squad already brimming with world class talent.
Atletico Madrid are set to play one of Arsenal, Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg in the semi finals of the Europa League. Firm favourites for the competition, they are in a great position to win the trophy and bring the first trophy to the Wanda Metropolitano in it’s inaugural season.
Griezmann will be hoping to be a huge part of the team if Ateltico were to go on and win the Europa League. Despite being an elite player, his place in the France national team is not guarenteed, due to the sheer strength in depth they possess.
He will be hoping to prove to his potential suitors and Dider Deschamps that he is the go-to man, that he is deserved of a starting spot in any squad he is a part of.
Griezmann has managed 25 goals in 40 appearances this season, 5 of those goals coming in European competition. His quality is known to all, most of all the Atletico Madrid fans and Diego Simeone alike. His workrate makes him the perfect tool at Simeones dispense, covering every blade of grass.
But his quality in the final third is something to admire, scoring over 20 goals in every season in Madrid, and scoring over 100 goals in under 200 appearances for Atelti.
The France striker is also a huge fan favourite, not just with his club but neutrals too, they will be severely disappointed to see him go. But at 27 years old it is coming to the point in his career where he will want to earn as much, and win as much as possible.
With the greatest of respects to Atletico Madrid, and the job Simeone does under the circumstances; Griezmanns chances are better with a club like Barcelona of achieving that.
But the Europa League, a European trophy, could be seen as a peace offering and a farewell gift from Griezmann to the fans. A thank you for all their passionate support of himself and the team throughout his time there.
But on the other hand, a trophy win might seal the deal in terms of Griezmann staying at the Madrid club, and pushing them on to bigger & better things.