Some Atletico Madrid players walked around Manchester City‘s crest but Antoine Griezmann was in his own zone on Monday night.

Atletico are in Manchester for the Champions League quarter final clash at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.

Diego Simeone’s side trained on the pitch the previous night to get used to the playing surface and Atleti’s official channels were there to capture the players walking out onto the pitch.


In the Etihad tunnel is a mosaic of City’s badge on the floor and Atleti players Rodrigo de Paul, Luis Suarez and Angel Correa were about to walk over it.

Image: PA

However, Suarez noticed and appeared to make a comment. He then walked around it and the other two followed suit in what has become a respectful gesture in modern football.


In recent times both Vinicius Jr and Dani Alves have avoided stepping on the crest of their teams out – with the latter’s actions encouraging youngster Nico Gonzalez to copy him.

However, Griezmann did not follow the same lead as his teammates. Looking relaxed as ever, the France international swaggered out with a comical walk as he made his way out to the pitch.



Erling Haaland memorably refused to step on the City badge when he played at the with Borussia Dortmund last year.


The Norwegian, whose father Alf-Inge played for the club, was the only Dortmund player to walk around the mosaic as he ran back out for the second half.

He had been spotted at games and wearing City colours as a youngster.

Featured Image Credit: Image: Atletico Madrid


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