“El Clasico is the most important game of the year”

What does El Clásico mean to you?

Antoine says: “Well it’s the most important game of the year. It’s a great show, the previous days are intense on the TV (because I always used to watch it on TV!) and we will do everything we can do to try and be at our 100% and win the game!

What do you think it’ll be like to play El Clasico at the Camp Nou?

Antoine says: “Well, I imagine there will be a great atmosphere, with great tension and great excitement from the fans and from ourselves. It’s a game you want to be a part of no matter how!”

Antoine Griezmann celebrating scoring a goal at the Nou Camp

What do you have to do to win?

Antoine says: “Being at home, we must play offensively, keep and work the ball and follow the coach’s game plan.

what's key to beating a club like real?

Antoine says: “No, I believe this is only about us, about how we play, how we attack and defend, that’s what we need to check to see how we can hurt them!”

Your friend Karim Benzema is having a good season so far...

Antoine says: “Yes, yes, he is like that every year. For some reason people always doubt him but he’s always racking up 15-20 goals per season in La Liga. He’s a great striker. He’s spent I don’t know how many years at Real Madrid and I reckon he is one of the best number ‘9’s out there!”


Antoine says: “Well, it will be a very disputed game. I hope we play well, keep the ball and create chances and goals. At the end of the day it’s a game we have to win and there are three very important points at stake!”

You scored against Real Madrid with Atletico – what does that feel like?

Antoine says: “Scoring in a game like this is always a massive source of pride, but as I said I’m not a player that just thinks about scoring. I want to do what’s best for the team, whatever that might be at any given time. If I score, brilliant. But I’m not going to spend the whole game shooting to score if I can be more of a help in another way!”

What are the goals that the team have set for this season?

Antoine says: “I think that we all have it in mind, we want to try and win all the trophies we can win. It’s going to be a long, difficult path, in some moments we will be doing very well and in others not so good… we need to be together and try to win all the games we have and all the trophies ahead!”

Antoine Griezmann running