Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

I Don't Regret Staying At Atletico Madrid - Antoine Griezmann

I Don't Regret Staying At Atletico Madrid - Antoine Griezmann

And when the 26-year-old came off, the cacophony of whistles and boos that greeted his departure were telling.

No-one should write off Atletico Madrid under their charismatic coach Diego Simeone, AS Roma sporting director Ramon Rodriguez "Monchi" said on Tuesday.

He told French TV channel Telefoot: "I do not regret having stayed at Atletico".

United were bitterly disappointed to miss out on Griezmann, who they thought was keen to move to Old Trafford where he could link up with global team-mate, Paul Pogba.

Stefan Savic is suspended, whilst Simeone is also expected to recall Filipe Luis, Jose Maria Gimenez, Yannick Carrasco and Fernando Torres from the side that started against Real in a bid to end a five-game winless streak at Atletico's new home.

"They have suffered a dip, but I am convinced they will be born again".

Griezmann's form has dramatically dipped this season, with Diego Simeone opting to sacrifice him, even when Atletico are in need of a late goal. This was my decision and I'm happy with it, that's not the reason why I've gone seven games without scoring.

"We played a good game against a very strong opponent. Me leaving? I haven't spoken to the president about that".

Even victory over the Group C leaders and away to Chelsea in two weeks may not be enough to save Atletico unless Azerbaijani Champions League debutants Qarabag can also do them a favour by taking points off either Chelsea or Roma in their final two games.

Griezmann has angered some Atletico fans by publicly flirting with a move away before agreeing to stay and signing an improved contract when the club's appeal against a transfer ban was rejected in June.

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