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Greizmann feeling the strain after busy 2018

Antoine Greizmann thinks a hectic year for club and country has taken its toll despite a match winning performance against Real Valladolid in which the Roji Blancos won 3-2 with Greizmann netting twice.The Frenchman has been influential in Atletico winning the Europa League and later taking his country to World Cup glory.

Greizmann laid on Nikola Kalinic’s first-half opener before marking his 300th La Liga appearance by converting a penalty after Kiko Olivas handled his shot on the stroke of half-time. Atletico’s usual solidity deserted them and after Fernando Calero headed home from Michel’s corner, Saul Niguez put through his own goal to make it all square in the 63rd minute making matters more worse for Atletico Madrid. It left Greizmann to pounce on a poor clearance from Oscar Plano and seal the points 10 minutes from time.

But the world cup winner thinks he is far from giving his best, “I’m glad we won. I’m not quite yet at my best, it’s been a long year with many games. I’m maybe just lacking a bit of speed but I keep going.” The Frenchman said at a post match interview.

Greizmann revealed Atleti failed to pay notice to half-time dressing room warnings from boss Diego Simeone over Valladolid’s aerial threat. “It’s usually a strong point of ours, to keep the goals out, The coach said at half-time that we should stop the crosses from going in.” There was a length VAR decision over the touchline for Greizmann’s penalty before The Frenchman slotted it home and celebrated with one of his customary moves. “Football is to enjoy and I decided to celebrate like that. Obviously, they were angered by the VAR but that was a penalty.” Greizmann signed off.

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