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Ronald Koeman Defends Antoine Griezmann After Being Booed by Fans During Getafe Victory

By Amreen
Griezmann was booed by Barca fans during victory over Getafe
Griezmann was booed by Barca fans during victory over Getafe / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman has hit out at Barcelona fans for booing "unlucky" Antoine Griezmann during the 2-1 victory over Getafe at Camp Nou.

The LaLiga giants moved up to fourth on the league table after first half goals from Sergi Roberto and Memphis Depay gave them the lead.

However, Griezmann had an afternoon to forget as he was subjected to jeers from the home fans every time he touched the ball. He ultimately failed to create an impact on the game and was substituted late on, but Koeman defended his player, insisting that the Frenchman was not the member of his team to underperform in the final third.

"As a coach I can't understand why fans whistle at one of our players," said the Barca boss. "It's not good. You can shout if he doesn't have the right attitude or does not work. Griezmann had difficulties in the game, he was unlucky, but it was just a game.

"Like all forwards, he has good days and others which are not [good]. There are games in which you can't find space and it also depends on the opponent. We didn't create chances for him either."

Koeman went on to praise his players for grinding out an important win, adding: "It's normal to suffer in football. You don't always play at your level. It was a slower-paced game compared to the one against Real Sociedad, but it also depends on the opposition and Getafe pressed us well.

"In games like today's, last season we lost points and today we won. This is very important. I am very happy with the three points. It was a difficult game and we know how to suffer. Our game with the ball has not been so good. Psychologically it has been very important. We know how to suffer and play to win games."

Griezmann has only scored 35 goals in 102 games for Barca with just 21 of those coming in LaLiga since making the switch from Atletico Madrid in 2019.