Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez sat down with SPORT from Spain's HQ to talk about, among other things, Antoine Griezmann's start to life at Barcelona.
What do you think of Griezmann's start at Barça? Will he succeed?
A player of his level can succeed anywhere. He has to feel comfortable, important, happy, the only thing he's after is enjoying football and if he's not enjoying the position he's playing or whatever, he won't be at his best. He doesn't just contribute on the pitch, at leat not at Atletico. He's happy, positive. He's one of the players that is always good to have,
Could he adapt to the left wing position?
Everyone will look for the best solution. He works hard, does his best for the team and if the coach decides if he should play on the left, he will do, and he will adapt to be one of the best on the left flank. He's really good, he always sacrifices himself for the good of the team and I only have super positive things to say about Antoine.
Adapting can be hard. We're seeing that with Morata at Atletico, too.
It happens at all teams. You don't know the mechanisms, your teammates, if a player wants it to feet or in space... they're details that come in time. You can be happier because of the weather, the city, the family... but at the end of the day these are the things you have to adjust to and (Griezmann) will be more and more happy in Barcelona all the time.
What's special about Joao Felix?
He has something different. Don't forget he's only 18, very young, but he's won me over with his desire to learn, to improve, to learn and to contribute to the team. He's adapting still and when he's 100 percent, you can demand more. Now he's giving everything on the pitch, doing well for the team. Every time he gets the ball, he looks to the goal. He's one of those different players.