“The quality of the K League players was high across the board.”
Antoine Griezmann (FRA), the star striker of Spanish professional soccer club Atletico Madrid (AT Madrid), has praised the quality of the K League’s representatives against each other. AT Madrid came from behind to lose 2-3 in a friendly match against Team K-League, the K-League All-Stars, at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on Sunday.
Griezmann is currently the main striker for the French national team. He was a key player in France’s victory at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In the recently concluded 2022-23 Spanish Primera Liga season, he played in all 38 games, scoring 15 goals and providing 17 assists. On this day, he started and was all over the pitch for 45 minutes. While he didn’t score an offensive point, he led the team’s attack with several crisp passes. He was a playmaker, picking up passes from behind and setting up frontline striker Alvaro Morata.
Even with two or three defenders, he rarely lost the ball. The Korean fans were impressed by his brilliant play. “It was the first game of the preseason, so we focused on regaining our rhythm and making tactical 토토사이트 moves,” he said after the match, adding, “It’s a shame we didn’t get the result (win). We’ll try to do better.” He added: “We are grateful that so many people came to the game, as the stadium was full. For AT Madrid, the goal was to leave a good impression on the fans.”
More than 58,000 fans were in the stadium to cheer the team on. “The player who stood out for me was the left back,” says Griesman, who spent 45 minutes on the field and the rest of the game on the bench. It was very impressive,” he says. He didn’t specify the name of the left-back, but the on-site interpreter assumed it was Lee Seung-woo (Suwon FC). Lee played the first 45 minutes of the match, going head-to-head with Griezmann. “I want to thank everyone who came to the stadium and the fans who watched the match on TV. I’m very grateful to the people who have continued to show me love while I’ve been in Korea,” he said.