Griezmann nets double in Barcelonas comeback win over Real Betis

Barcelona bounced back from their opening day La Liga defeat with a 5-2 win over Real Betis at the Camp Nou Antoine Griezmann responded to the challenge laid down by Ernesto Valverde with a brilliant display as Barcelona came from behind to thrash Real Betis 5-2. The coach Valverde called for Griezmann to be more involved in the game following an ineffective debut in the The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.

Barcelona sign Antoine Griezmann and make buyout clause 800m

Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona from Atltico Madrid after the Catalan club announced they had paid his 120m buyout fee Antoine Griezmann has joined Barcelona from Atltico Madrid after the Catalan club announced they had paid his 120m (107.6m) buyout fee. The 28-year-old France forward will sign a five-year contract that ties him to the Camp Nou until 30 June 2024 though Atltico believe they are owed 80m more Griezmann. They claim the player made an agreement to join Barcelona before July, when the buyout clause was still set at 200m, and have announced their intention to take the Spanish champions to court. Atltico de Madrid believes that the amount deposited is insufficient to meet its rescission clause, since it …

It really is Lionels world now: Messi has remade football in his own image | Barney Ronay

From Under-9s in parks to Pep Guardiolas champions no one person has had such a vast impact on a major sports footprint as Barcelonas superstar Lionel Messi There was some consolation this week for anyone feeling a little maxed-out by the relentless individual brilliance of Lionel Messi. We have at least found something he isnt good at on a football pitch. It turns out Messi isnt very good at punching Fabinho in the head. Frankly, more of the same from Messi against Liverpool. Unclosing like a hand, he gives forever. I make no apology for writing about him again here. Firstly, because Messis talent is endlessly divisible. You never get to the bottom of it. It is always surprising. And …

Klopp took a risk with his tactics at Barcelona and Messi made him pay | Jonathan Wilson

Attacking Barcelona is not wrong given it can unsettle them but it leaves teams exposed and Liverpool found that can be fatal Contemplating his sides Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City last season, Jrgen Klopp said that to sit back and look to absorb pressure against such a side was in effect to try to win the lottery. Against the very best, he believes there is no point at least for a team of Liverpools ability in curling up like a hedgehog and hoping the threat somehow goes away. He vowed to attack, and did, and his reward was three goals in an extraordinary 20-minute spell that on Wednesday, there was some concession to the fact they were playing Barcelona. …