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New signing Griezmann is "doing well" says coach Valverde

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Published on July 23, 2019 - Duration: 00:42s

New signing Griezmann is "doing well" says coach Valverde

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde says new signing Antoine Griezmann is "doing well" despite the team losing 2-1 to Chelsea in a pre-saeson friendly.

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New signing Griezmann is "doing well" says coach Valverde

SAITAMA, SAITAMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN (JULY 23, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BARCELONA HEAD COACH, ERNESTO VALVERDE, TALKING ABOUT ANTOINE GRIEZMANN ON HIS DEBUT FOR BARCELONA, SAYING: "He is doing well within the team and it is true that whenever he has the ball then he is really dangerous against the other team.

It is true that he has many ideas on how to use the ball and we hope that he continues this way.

But it is the first game and he needs to learn how Barcelona play, our style and how we dominate." 2.

VALVERDE AT NEWS CONFERENCE STORY: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said new signing Antoine Griezmann is "doing well" despite his team losing 2-1 to Chelsea in a pre-season friendly played in Saitama, Japan on Tuesday (July 23).

Chelsea were much improved from their display against Japanese champions Kawasaki Frontale, who beat them 1-0 on Friday (July 19), with Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley on the scoresheet.

Whilst it was Chelsea's fourth game of pre-season, it was Barcelona's first and, without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack, as they recover from the Copa America, it showed.

French forward Antoine Griezmann, a recent recruit from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, was bright during his first 45 minutes in a Barca shirt and Valverde was impressed.

"He is doing well within the team and it is true that whenever he has the ball then he is really dangerous against the other team," he said.

"It is true that he has many ideas on how to use the ball and we hope that he continues this way." "But it is the first game and he needs to learn how Barcelona play, our style and how we dominate." Barca face Japanese side Vissel Kobe, and their former players Andres Iniesta and David Villa, on Saturday.

(Production: Jack Tarrant)

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