The discord at Barcelona is boiling over.
Antoine Griezmann’s father and brother slammed manager Quique Setien on social media after the French forward was left on the bench until the 90th minute in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann, who has struggled to acclimate since making a €120-million move to the Camp Nou last summer, has been left out of the starting lineup for three of Barcelona’s last four matches.
Despite needing a goal on Tuesday to keep pace in the title race, Setien didn’t introduce his high-priced forward until the waning minutes.
In since-deleted social media posts, members of Griezmann’s family took shots at the under-fire manager during the match. His brother, Theo, tweeted: “I want to cry, seriously” before adding “two minutes…” in reference to the amount of time the 29-year-old was on the pitch.
Setien said after the contest that bringing Griezmann on earlier would have disrupted the team, adding that he didn’t feel the need to apologize for the decision.
In response, Griezmann’s father, Alain, said on Instagram: “In order to apologize you first need the keys of the lorry and that is not the case, because he is simply a passenger.”
Griezmann has scored 14 goals in 43 appearances across all competitions this season, but he hasn’t found the net since the restart. Barca have struggled since returning to action, drawing three of their last four matches and slipping behind rivals Real Madrid in the title race.
The poor string of results has piled pressure on Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde behind the bench in January.