Diego Simeone has called for support from the fans of Atletico Madrid after they jeered Antoine Griezmann during the Madrid derby with Real Madrid on Saturday evening.
The weekend fixture at the Wanda Metropolitano was a pressure cooker as both sides have suffered with poor form this season, failing to gain any consistency.
However, the result ended with neither side celebrating having seen Atleti defend well against the likes of Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Griezmann, who featured from the start was hauled off by Simeone after failing to get into the game and his departure was meet with boos and jeers from home fans.
The 26-year-old has not scored for Diego Simeone’s side since the 27th of September when he netted against Chelsea in the Champions League, whilst his last league goal came four days previous against Sevilla.
Simeone, who is much to do with the Frenchman’s rise in form has asked the club’s fans for their backing in helping him return to form.
“Whistles to Griezmann? What I feel and what I’ve always felt is that I’ll be with my family until the day I die, and I won’t change now, ” he told reporters.
“Griezmann below par? We all have to perform well. We can’t win with just a few players performing well. I always try to pick the players that the team need.”
Rewind back to the summer and the long talked about return of Diego Costa was the main talking point around the Wanda Metropolitano but in the background remained little whispers on the future of Griezmann.
La Liga duo Barcelona and Real Madrid made tentative contact over a potential move, whilst Premier League giants Manchester United and Chelsea were also linked.
The former have been keen on bringing the former Real Sociedad man to Old Trafford for sometime with boss Jose Mourinho a big admirer, whilst Stamford Bridge officials are also keen, having lost Costa in that aforementioned transfer.