Quique Setien has showered praises on Antoine Griezmann for doing a “commendable job” in Barcelona’s 2-0 La Liga victory over Leganes on Tuesday.
A goal from Ansu Fati opened the scoring for Barca, with the young Spanish star shining throughout a strong performance.
Lionel Messi’s second-half penalty, meanwhile, saw Barca seal the victory while restoring their five-point lead atop the table.
Griezmann, however, again largely struggled, continuing a run of concerning performances dating back to before the coronavirus-caused break.
The forward had an effort ruled out for offside and he has just eight goals in 28 La Liga games in his first season since making the move to Barcelona from Atletico Madrid.
In total, Griezmann has scored 14 goals across 38 matches, leaving him tied with the injury-plagued Luis Suarez for second in goals at the club behind Messi.
It’s a drop-off from Griezmann’s efforts with Atleti, with the forward having netted at least 20 goals in each of his five seasons with Diego Simeone’s side.
But Setien praised the France international for his efforts, telling Movistar:
“Griezmann is a boy who does a commendable job.
“He is an extremely important player.”