Champions League Football

Griezmann and Costa, both anonymous for Atletico Madrid

Usually any small detail that you see from Antoine Griezmann proves that he is different to the majority of footballers, but in Atletico Madrid’s Champions League crushing defeat to Borussia Dortmund, neither he nor strike partner Diego Costa contributed much at all.

In the first half the Frenchman was completely anonymous and matters didn’t improve much in the second half either, when Atletico had to push for a comeback, while the Germans smelt blood and continued to go for the jugular.

With the World Cup winner struggling to make an impact and Costa in a wretched run of form, the Los Rojiblancos forward line is not offering much.

There is no doubt that Griezmann, who aspires to win the Ballon d’Or later this year, and Costa, who terrorised Real Madrid in the European Super Cup with a brace at the start of the season, offer Atletico the quality that they’ve lacked in recent years in the Champions League.

It is equally clear though that the duo’s current level of performances is very low and on Wednesday night they reached rock bottom.

In the same way that they claim glory in victory, they are the first to be looked at on the dark nights.

In Dortmund, they simply didn’t show up.

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