Quique Setien praised Antoine Griezmann for doing a “commendable job” in Barcelona’s 2-0 La Liga victory over Leganes on Tuesday.
On their return from the coronavirus-enforced break, Barcelona has yet to hit top form, but has managed to overcome the bottom side of La Liga. And in their most recent game against Leganes, they won with two goals to the other side’s zero.
A goal from Ansu Fati opened the scoring for Barca, with a strong performance of the young Spanish star shining throughout.
Setien said to Movistar (via) that he would expect a challenge if his side did not find an early goal, with Fati’s opener coming three minutes before half-time:
“I knew that game was going to be tough. It will be complicated unless you have the fortune to get it right at the start which opens the game. It was that way.”
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi’s second-half penalty saw Barca seal the victory as they restored their five-point lead over the table.
However, Griezmann again struggled largely, continuing a series of performances of concern dating back to before the break caused by coronavirus.
The forward had an effort ruled out for offside and in his first season since making the move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona, he has just eight goals in 28 La Liga games.
In total, Griezmann has scored 14 goals across 38 matches, leaving him tied for second in goals at the club behind Messi with injury-plagued Luis Suarez.
It is a drop-off from Griezmann’s efforts with Atleti, with the forward having netted at least 20 goals with Diego Simeone’s side in each of his five seasons.
But Setien praised France international for his efforts, saying: “Griezmann is a boy doing a praiseworthy job. He is a very important player.”