Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann appeared to take a thinly-veiled dig at Ronald Koeman after scoring in France’s win over Croatia on Wednesday.
The French striker thanked the manager for playing him in a central role.
Ronald Koeman has used the attacker as a winger for Barcelona so far and it seems that Griezmann is not happy with his role under the new Barcelona manager.
It is evident that he enjoys playing in a central role and it will be interesting to see if he can convince the Dutch manager to let him lead the line at Barcelona in the coming months.
After Luis Suarez’s departure Griezmann was expected to be the first choice number nine at Barcelona but he has been playing on the right side of the attacks since the start of the season.
Speaking to the media after the win over Croatia, the French international said: “It was a complicated match, not very good to watch, not very good to play either … Soft ground, difficult, with an opponent who had to win. We knew how to suffer and the most important thing is to win, to show that we are strong defensively and that upfront, every small opportunity can be scored.
“I feel good. The coach knows where to put me, I take advantage of this situation, this place and the confidence of the coach and my teammates.”
Koeman should look to play his best players in their natural roles in order to get the most out of them and Griezmann is a world-class player who deserves more trust in his ability.