Griezmann in top form ahead of Barcelona clash

March 02, 2018
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MADRID (AP):

Antoine Griezmann is giving Atletico Madrid fans hope that a late run for the title is still possible.

The France forward is peaking at the best possible moment, just before the decisive match against Spanish league leaders Barcelona.

Griezmann will enter Sunday's game at Camp Nou boosted by two outstanding performances in the last two league games. He had a hattrick against Sevilla last Sunday and scored four goals against LeganÈs on Wednesday.

"He is extraordinary and has shown that many other times," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "He has a lot of talent and makes a difference. The team has been playing well so it can help him perform at this level."

Barcelona were 11 points ahead of Atletico a few weeks ago, but Simeone's team have been thriving. they won eight straight games in all competitions, including six in a row in the league. Their last league loss was at Espanyol last year.

"We are going through a great moment," Simeone said. "But we go to Barcelona knowing that we will be facing the best team."

Another stellar performance by Griezmann would come in handy for Atletico.

Griezmann has 12 goals in his last nine matches in all competitions. With his goals in the 4-0 win against Leganes on Wednesday, he took his league tally to 15, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo for fourth in the scoring chart behind Iago Aspas, Luis Su·rez and Lionel Messi, who has 22.

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