Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann disappointed with goal drought
Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann admitted to disappointment with his current lack of goals when speaking after Wednesday evening's Champions League last 16 first leg at PSV Eindhoven.
Griezmann is Atletico's top scorer this season with 19 strikes in all competitions, but has now scored just once in his last eight outings for Atletico, and had another frustrating night against the Eredivisie champions.
Asked about a clear opportunity when he raced behind a square PSV defence but was denied by home goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet after the game, the France international said he had not finished the chance as he had hoped, but was still confident he could turn his current poor run around.
"It was a difficult game," Griezmann said. "We had to work hard, which is what we did. It was a pity, I had a clear chance and missed it. The keeper made a good save, although I did not lift the ball as I wanted. But I believe in what I am doing, and goals will soon come, hopefully on Saturday [against Real Madrid in La Liga]."
Atletico's Luciano Vietto and Koke also spurned clear first-half chances, while Diego Simeone's team were unable to take advantage when playing the final 25 minutes with an extra player after young PSV attacker Gaston Pereiro was sent off for two quick yellow cards.
"It was worse when they had 10," Griezmann admitted. "They sat back and it was tough for us to make chances, to get close to the goal. But we keep working, as we do, and will continue."
The former Real Sociedad attacker said he was however confident that Atletico would do enough to quality in the return at the Estadio Vicente Calderon on Tuesday, March 15.
"At home we feel very comfortable, with our fans pushing us on," he said. "For sure it will go well for us."