Griezmann on Messi: 'I can't wait for him to come back, I'll repeat everything after him'
- The Frenchman has said before that he is desperate to play together with Leo.
- In a recent Marca interview, Antoine confessed he will try to repeat what Messi does in training.
- The 28-year-old also opened up on his relationship with Suarez.
For the first time since becoming a Barcelona player, Antoine Griezmann sat down to an interview with Madrid-based outlet Marca. The ex-Atletico Madrid shared his expectations for the next season, his desire to play with Leo Messi and much more:
For a player that is used to playing with freedom, will it be a challenge playing with Messi? I understand that your role in the team will be very different to what it was at Atletico?
"Yes, it will be amazing [to play alongside him]. I'm excited to see what he's like day to day, what he's like in training, [I want to] catch him doing things in training that I will try to repeat or do in my own way and get to know him on and off the pitch. I can't wait for him to arrive. I will be ready to do whatever it takes: for him, for the club and for the players."
You're clearly not worried about getting on badly with him. You're very relaxed about this subject.
"Well, I'm not a difficult person. I like to be around people, to enjoy their company and I'm sure that we'll get on really well."
How are you having lost your 'Uruguayan connection' with Godin? Now you have Luis Suarez, you'll be able to keep up your taste in their customs.
"I'm glad: I haven't had any Mate herbs here for example and I've asked [Suarez] to send me some with a friend and he's already brought me some, which is great. And then, on the field, he's a great player that guarantees lots of goals and lots of trophies. I will also be here to give him lots of assists or for him to give them to me. I'm sure that we'll get along perfectly."
Finally, what is your objective for this season?
"If you ask the fans, they will say it's winning the three trophies. And the players and the board would say that too. We're able to win everything. It will be difficult, but we'll work towards to [achieve] it."
Does returning to the Wanda Metropolitano worry you?
"No. I know that there will be whistles. It's part of football: they really loved me and when someone leaves, it can hurt. It was like that at Real Sociedad: my first visit back wasn't easy, but I will always have La Real and Atleti in my heart because they gave me so much."
If you could go back in time, would you change anything you did?
"No, because I did what I wanted to: go to see the players, to see Cholo at his house... the worst thing was that video, but I couldn't do anything else."
Are you excited about the Messi-Suarez-Griezmann trio?