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Simeone hails impressive squad over FC Porto defeat

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 07: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring their team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Atletico Madrid and FC Porto at Civitas Metropolitano Stadium on September 07, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid pulled off a crucial win over FC Portoin the dying minutes of their first UEFA Champions League game of the season on Wednesday night.

After getting the lead in the 91st minute through Mario Hermoso, the Portuguese side pulled one back five minutes later through a penalty from Mateus Uribe. Eventually, Antoine Griezmann scored the winner for Diego Simeone’s side in the 101st minute.

The Frenchman has been in fine form this season when on the pitch. The problem for him, however, is that his playing time is restricted to 30 minutes per game or less because of a bizarre contractual situation.

When asked about his limited playing time after the game, Griezmann said: “It is what it is, it’s not in my hands. I’m just thankful that I’m here. My family is happy. Of course, I want more, but I will give my everything in the minutes that they give me.”

He then spoke about how Atletico Madrid was very dear to his heart and what a return to the club meant for him.

“So much happiness. As I said when I came back, I was going to give everything. The truth is that I’m very happy here. The only thing I want is to play here and to give everything for the club, for Cholo, and the fans.”

The forward’s loan deal from Barcelona has an obligatory purchase clause that will be triggered if he plays more than 45 minutes in 50% of the matches he is available for.

Los Rojiblancos do not intend to shell out €40 million for him and are therefore ensuring that he does not reach the 45-minute mark in any game. And even though he might not be playing as much as he wants, Griezmann is making the most of his minutes.

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