It is clear this season that Atletico Madrid will not defend their La Liga crown, but after Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Real Sociedad, they have kept a good distance away from the chasing pack in fourth.
Antoine Griezmann was again on the score-sheet, adding his 16th goal of the season as Los Colchoneros moved to within six points of Barcelona in second.
Despite enduring a slow start to the campaign the Frenchman has rebounded perfectly and is enjoying a wonderful season for Atleti. However, there is a problem emerging in France that because his performances for the national team have not been brilliant, the fans are not quite in agreement that the vibrant forward is the best option for Didier Deschamps’ national team and maybe the former Sociedad striker needs a move to England to really boost his international standing.
The 24-year-old has played 16 times for the full national team, scoring five goals, but it is the performances that have been lacking. Since the World Cup, as France play a number of friendlies in preparation for the 2016 European Championships, Griezmann has failed to produce his best and, with Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette gunning from his side, perhaps Spain is not the best place for him to be furthering his career.
@SeBlueLion well...is Griezmann meriting a starting spot for France right now? No doubt about Atleti form - amazing - but les Bleus?— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) March 27, 2015
Im sorry but Griezmann doesn't do it for me with France— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) March 26, 2015
Griezmann was heavily linked with moves to England in the past, revealing in quotes carried by the Daily Mail that he turned down advances from Arsenal when they made a move for him in the summer before moving to the Vicente Calderon. Moving to England could be exactly what he needs to show the French public what he is capable of, rather than fall out of the public's conscience.
Another line of thinking is that Deschamps is using a formation that is not right when it comes to the players he has available to him.
On Wednesday, Griezmann played off Fernando Torres in a two-man attack, similar to the partnership that Fekir and Lacazette have struck up at Lyon.
The three-man attack doesn’t really suit Karim Benzema either, with only Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud playing well in a three.
Deschamps doesn’t look like changing any time soon, so perhaps Griezmann may have to think about moving in the summer if his international place falls further under threat.