Sports Burst - Koeman? En Garde!

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by Tim Stannard

 

Griezmann declares that "the coach knows where to play me" with France as Barca prepares to defeat faith. 

 

The international break has been a good one for Antoine Griezmann, as the French forward has gotten to indulge in one of life's great pleasures - proving someone else completely wrong.

Griezmann left for France duty with criticism from Ronald Koeman ringing in his Gallic ears about missing easy chances, barbs reflected by LaLiga goal tally of zero this season. 

 

The situation has become so dire that even our Ray Hudson is on the brink of running out of patience with the Frenchman's anonymous performances with the Blaugrana. 

However, Griezmann proved once again on Wednesday night that he still has the right stuff...if he has the right coach. Griez-lightning scored in France's 2-1 Nations League win over Croatia to add to the goal scored when coming off the bench in a friendly against Ukraine a week ago. 

Didier Deschamps huffed that Koeman didn't know what to do with Griezmann and the Barcelona man himself reinforced that point after the Croatia win with a barb at his club boss.

 "The coach knows where to play me," jabbed Griezmann with his foil of truth on his Jekyll and Hyde performances for club and country.

 

Griezmann has now returned to Barcelona ahead of Saturday's LaLiga clash against Getafe. Except, in a bit of a twist, Barca won't be playing Getafe. Instead the Camp Nou club will be heading to the suburbs of Madrid to play "Faith Football Club."

This is after Getafe decided to temporarily change its name and crest to something more inspirational and soul-restoring in these dark, dark, times. "We can get through this, we will get through this," declared Getafe's director general, Clemente Villaverde.

Barca take on Faith on Saturday at 3PM ET to end a huge Super Saturday on beIN SPORTS that sees Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona playing back to back to back to back. 

 

 

Real Madrid prepare for Hazard-free Clasico 

 

With Barcelona now facing a new locker room feud (the third of the season so far), looking at how to cut 30% of the salaries of the club's employees and trying to have fans allowed into the Camp Nou for upcoming games, Real Madrid are as quiet as a mouse.

 

The only real news is not really news - the confirmation from Marca that Eden Hazard is unlikely to feature in El Clasico. The paper reports that no return date has been set for the unfortunate Belgian who has barely had an impact in his season and a bit spell with Real Madrid. 

At least Thibaut Courtois had some encouraging words for his compatriot, speaking to Spanish radio - "I'm sure that we are going to see the best Hazard."

 

Real Madrid are likely to be without the injured Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola as well. Real Madrid return against Cadiz on Saturday, with the game kicking off at 12:30PM ET. 

And we are just ten days away from El Clasico - 10AM ET on Saturday 24th October. 

 

 

Chicharito is black hole in LA Galaxy 

 

Might as well go all in on underperforming strikers and expectations being completely missed. The whole Chicharito to MLS concept continues to crash and burn with the LA Galaxy, after a crushing 4-0 defeat to San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night in a rivalry match.

 

The result leaves the Galaxy at the bottom of the Western Conference standings and second from bottom of the Supporters Shield table. The club is on a six-match MLS losing streak and has shipped 10 goals in the past two games. 

Chicharito drew another blank in the game to leave the Mexican forward with a tally of just the single goal in nine games for the MLS outfit.