Antoine Griezmann has said that Barcelona "is not the easiest place" to play football but is confident he will be a success at the Camp Nou following his summer move from Atletico Madrid.
The France international spoke to Telefoot (h/t Get French Football News) about his difficult start to life with the Catalan giants and what he needs to do to improve his performances.
"It is hard, I knew it would be, it is not the easiest place. This is a new team, a new club, new tactics, a new position. I have to work, try to understand my team-mates, after they will understand me too and it will work just like that… Critics will always be there. But I am good, I am proud of where I am. Only work pays off. I have to take confidence and it will all come just like that."
Griezmann is yet to have the impact expected of a player who cost €120 million when he swapped Atletico for Barcelona in July. He has managed four goals and three assists in 15 appearances for the Catalan giants.
The decision to deploy Griezmann out wide has come in for criticism:
Yet Griezmann has also struggled to impress on the rare occasions he has been used through the middle in place of Suarez.
The World Cup winner played as a central striker in the 4-1 win over Celta Vigo in Barcelona's final fixture before the international break but endured another frustrating outing, as noted by Robbie Dunne at AS:
Griezmann has said playing centrally "is better for me" as it is a position he is used to, while he has received backing from France boss Didier Deschamps, who has described his situation at Barca as "far from catastrophic," per Sport.
There is no doubt that Barcelona are yet to see the best of Griezmann and he has not found his role in Valverde's team so far. However, his latest comments suggest he remains confident he can adapt and prove himself with the Spanish champions.