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Ernesto Valverde Warns Griezmann After Underwhelming Barcelona Debut

Amuda Segun

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Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has called out summer signing Antoine Griezmann after he underperformed in his debut for the Catalan giants.

French World Cup winner Griezmann was largely anonymous during the opening La Liga game of the season.

Barcelona traveled to the new San Mames to take on Atheltic Bilbao and it ended in a disappointing 1-0 defeat made possible by a spectacular 89th-minute bicycle kick from substitute and ageless striker Aritz Aduriz.

After the match, Ernesto Valverde told reporters that long-term Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has to be more involved in subsequent games.

Antoine Griezmann caught a lone figure upfront for the large part of the game following the absence of star player Lionel Messi who was missing in action as a result of a thigh injury sustained in training.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez also got injured in the first half of the Athletic Bilbao game thus leaving Antoine Griezmann on his own upfront.

Griezmann is expected to deliver at Barcelona following his big money move from fellow Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid this summer.

Barcelona paid €120m (£107m) for his transfer thus making him the second most expensive signing in the history of the club after Philippe Coutinho.

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