Cholo gives Griezmann backing

Diego Simeone has called on Atletico Madrid fans to support Antoine Griezmann in the midst of the forward’s poor run of form.

The 26-year-old has netted only three goals across 14 appearances for Los Rojiblancos this campaign but Simeone – who also confirmed Fernando Torres will play against Roma – gave him his backing.

“Even if he hasn’t scored lately, Antoine has played well,” Simeone told reporters.

“In recent years, he always scored goals and now that it’s not happening, he is irritable. We must give him support.

“We must respect everyone’s opinions, he is young and his teammates are with him. After four years of giving so much, it’s normal people expect more of him, but that is true of everyone at the club, including myself.

“Fernando Torres will play tomorrow, he will work with intensity and he will be in the starting XI.”

In Griezmann’s new biography, he admitted joining Manchester United one day is ‘a possibility’.

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