Antoine Griezmann made his first appearance of the 2016-17 campaign against newly-promoted Leganes last Saturday but was unable to help Atletico Madrid secure all three points from the match.
Griezmann went close to scoring with a fabulous volley but was denied by Leganes’ goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes.
Kevin Gameiro also went close before Diego Simeone sent on Fernando Torres, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco and Nicolas Gaitan but Atleti failed to break down their opponents.
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After the match, a frustrated Griezmann caused a stir with his post-match comments.
"If we continue like this, we will fight for relegation," the France international was quoted as saying by Goal. "We are angry, we must shake up because otherwise we will be out of hand. We must begin to be ourselves."
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Saul Niguez hits out at Griezmann for his comments
Griezmann ran the risk of upsetting his teammates with his comments - which were a little on the melodramatic side - and that’s precisely what appears to have happened.
Saul Niguez has told reporters that, in future, Griezmann should think before he speaks.
"Griezmann needs to think about what he says," Saul told Deportes Cuatro, per Marca. ”You have to think about where you are and what team you represent.
"It is true that at the end of the match, tiredness, the heat, everything comes together but you cannot say that.
"We have values and we can not say that."
Simeone: We must remain calm and keep working
Simeone, in his post-match press conference, may not have heard Griezmann’s comments but urged his players to stay calm and to keep working hard.
"We have to remain calm and keep working," the Argentine was also quoted as saying by Goal. "With work and enthusiasm we'll find what we're looking for.
"I'm not ashamed about the fact that we're lacking cutting edge and that this is happening to us.
"I am happy with the work of my players."
The Argentine coach added: "Maybe there is a slight nervousness when it comes to trying to score goals, but we created chances and they did not.
"We failed to turn the play we created into goals. In other matches we have had fewer chances, but we've scored."
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