Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann was frank in his assessment of his team’s performance during the Champions League home clash with Italian Serie A giants AC Milan. Brazilian player Junior Messias came off the Milan to score the lone goal to give the Rossoneri a 1-0 away win over the Spanish La Liga champions. Milan were able to boost their knockout stage qualification hopes with the big win recorded at the new Wanda Metropolitano.
Antoine Griezmann spoke about the Milan game shortly after the final whistle as monitored by Italian publication II Correiredello Sport (CdS). According to him, AC Milan deserved the victory as they were the better team.
The Frenchman also said that the plan from Atletico Madrid for the game didn’t work well as Milan had studied them well. Antoine Griezmann is hopeful that the Atletico Madrid players will raise their game for the final Group B clash with FC Porto. Atletico Madrid need a win away from home to seal a place in the knockout stage.
Griezmann would not have been available for the Milan game if not for the decision from European football’s governing body, UEFA to reduce his ban from two games to one game after he was sent off against Liverpool during the third set of games in their group. The ex-Real Sociedad and Barcelona attacker was sent off in the second half of the first meeting with Liverpool this season due to the high boots raised against opposition striker Roberto Firmino. He had scored twice to pull the game level at 2-2 before his sending off. In the end, his team lost 3-2 at home to Liverpool before recording another loss away from home. Antoine Griezmann was suspended for the second meeting which ended in a 2-0 away defeat for his team.