Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona’s unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday.
Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi for his team’s penultimate match of the campaign but it was a defensive horror-show that allowed Emmanuel Boateng to score three times and Enis Bardhi twice at the City of Valencia Stadium.
The La Liga and Copa del Rey champions trailed 5-1 after an hour and still came within a whisker of a sensational comeback as Coutinho’s second and third goals, and a Luis Suarez penalty, set up a grandstand finish.
But Levante held on for a thrilling victory and ended their opponents’ hopes of becoming the first ever club to finish a 38-game La Liga season as invincibles.
Griezmann has been linked with a move to Barcelona, whose pursuit of the player has caused anger among the Atletico Madrid hierarchy.
García, who played for the Rojiblancos for one season early in a career that also included spells at Barca and most famously, Liverpool, says Griezmann is “very important for the future if they [Atletico Madrid] want to build for next season.”
The Frenchman was on the verge of leaving last summer before committing to stay at Atlético in their first season at their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano. Griezmann and Atlético have a Europa League final coming up later this month, on May 16 against Marseille.
Watch Garcia’s full comments in the video below.
As rumours continue to circulate that Antoine Griezmann will leave Atletico Madrid for Barcelona this summer, current teammate Koke says the talking must stop until the end of the season.
The Spaniard insists that Griezmann is desperate to win the Europa League with his current club, and is focusing on doing just that, rather than thinking about a move to La Liga champions Barca this summer.
Check out what Koke had to say in the video below.