​French forward Antoine Griezmann has opened up about his struggle to adapt to life at his new club Barcelona.


Griezmann joined Barca in the summer from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth €120m, but has struggled to find his best form, despite showing flashes of brilliance.

Antoine Griezmann

He has largely found himself playing on the left wing due to competition from ​Lionel Messi and ​Luis Suarez, even though his best form for Atletico came through the middle.

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Speaking after ​France secured qualification for Euro 2020 with a 2-1 over Moldova, the 28 year-old admitted he has found the transition tough at times.


"If I play more centrally, I'm more orientated," he said, as quoted by ​Mundo Deportivo"I've played [up front] for many years, and now I have to adapt. I am learning a lot, although I already knew that getting to Barcelona was going to be difficult”


Griezmann has generally looked better in his preferred central role for France, and got the assist for Raphael Varane's equaliser in his country's victory on Thursday night. After the game, his international coach Didier Deschamps came out to defend his star player.

Antoine Griezmann,Olivier Giroud

"His time at Barcelona is far from being catastrophic, it's a question of position on the pitch," Didier Deschamps said. "He was better in his position with Atletico Madrid."


There were rumours in the summer that ​Barcelona were looking into bring back ​Neymar despite having already recruited Griezmann, and club captain Messi admitted that he would have ​"loved" to see the PSG man return to the Camp Nou, even if a move was ​difficult to pull off.


Messi, Suarez and Neymar formed the famous 'MSN' front three that won the treble under Luis Enrique in 2014/15, before the Brazilian moved to the French capital for a world record €222m in 2017.


For now though it looks as though Griezmann will be the clubs preferred option, and manager Ernesto Valverde will be hoping the front three can form some better chemistry ahead of a tough run of games that sees them take on Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan within the space of two weeks after the international break.