When Antoine Griezmann returned to national duty with France over the past couple of weeks, one could see glimpses of his old self under Didier Deschamps as compared to his new, weirdly ineffective role at Barcelona.
To prove that, an image popped up on Twitter via Albert Ortega (@AlbertOrtegaES1) showing the attacker's heatmaps during two recent games with both FC Barcelona as well as France.
Antoine Griezmann con la Francia de Didier Deschamps (imagen 1) y Antoine Griezmann con el Barça de Ernesto Valverde (imagen 2). pic.twitter.com/fGGZsamzb2— Albert Ortega (@AlbertOrtegaES1) October 14, 2019
The freedom that Deschamps' system allows Griezmann is way more than his limited tactical role under Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona.
Griezmann is a leader in the French team and the heatmap show the very clear influence Messi has on certain areas of the field that the Frenchman is effective in when he plays for France.
There were huge debates when Barcelona signed Griezmann as to where the French forward would fit into Valverde's system. He played as a second striker at Atletico Madrid as well as France and excelled in both teams.
However, with Messi and Suarez up front, it is a total different scenario for Griezmann at Barcelona, something which he has been trying to work around.
Valverde even tried putting Griezmann on the left when Messi was unavailable due to injury and when later he was asked about his best position on the field, Griezmann had replied, "Good question."