“You wanted to be a name and you forgot to be a man” – Atletic fans unfurl a banner with a message for Antoine Griezmann.
The former Rojiblancos star was given a hostile reception on his return to the Spanish capital and he again struggled to make an impact.
For once, the spotlight started on someone other than Lionel Messi, but it found its way back to the Argentine in the end.
Barcelona’s talisman’s brilliant goal, in the 86th minute, sent his team back to the top of La Liga as the champions eked out a 1-0 at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano fortress.
All eyes were on Antoine Griezmann, who started on the left of Barcelona’s attack on his return to face his former side.
The French striker joined Barcelona in July from Atletico for €120 million after a dragged-out two-year saga which left nobody happy in the Spanish capital.
Griezmann has struggled to make his mark at Barcelona, with just five goals in his first 17 matches before this, and it was no different back ‘home’, where he is persona non grata.
“Griezmann, die,” chanted some Atletico fans before the game, showing exactly how little affection remains for the forward in these parts, bringing the fire on a wet night in Madrid.