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Mar 11, 2018 at 3.15pm UK at ​Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
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AtleticoAtletico Madrid
3-0
Celta Vigo
Griezmann (44'), Vitolo (56'), Correa (63')
Niguez (48')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Aspas (49'), Gomez (51')

Gabi urges Antoine Griezmann to honour Atletico Madrid shirt

Gabi: 'Griezmann must honour Atleti shirt'
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Atletico Madrid captain Gabi wants teammate Antoine Griezmann to keep giving his all for the Colchoneros shirt in the remaining games that he has left at the club.

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi has urged Antoine Griezmann to keep "playing for his life" as long as he continues to don the club's shirt.

The Frenchman opened the scoring as Atletico ran out 3-0 winners at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday, reducing the gap to La Liga leaders Barcelona back to eight points.

Griezmann has been linked with a departure from the Madrid club for the last few years and will be available to rival clubs for €100m (£88.9m) in June when his buyout clause drops from €200m (£177.79m).

"All I ask of him is that as long as he is with us he keeps playing for his life," Gabi is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying after the game. "I just ask Griezmann that as long as he is here he defends this shirt like it deserves to be defended.

"I understand that not every player here has Atletico in their hearts and can change club and there's no need to criticise nor crucify them for that. Antoine is a special player for everyone, he's very much loved in the dressing room. He has a superior level of skill to the rest of the team and that's why he makes the difference.

"I've always tried to be close to him because he is a very important player for us. All I ask of him is that as long as he is with us he keeps playing for his life as he is doing at the moment and tries to make the difference, because he is one of the few players in the team that can do that."

According to reports in the Spanish media, Griezmann has already agreed to join Barcelona, with one radio station claiming that his partner has begun looking for homes in the city.

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2Real Madrid4310113810
3Celta Vigo42117527
4Espanyol42115327
5Getafe42114227
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7AlavesAlaves421134-17
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19Real Valladolid402202-22
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