Barcelona’s challenges went from poor to worse at Nuevo Los Carmenes, as Granada ran out comfy two- winners to climb to the best of La Liga.

The hosts produced a lightning fast start out to the game and took the lead by way of Ramon Azeez just after just two minutes thanks to a error from left-back Junior Firpo. The hosts did not let La Blaugrana settle and carved out an additional chance moments later, although Marc-Andre ter Stegen was equal to the activity.

The initially half progressed at a frantic pace, with Ernesto Valverde’s males continuing to struggle in possession and unable to carve open a stubborn defence. The manager reacted at half time and brought on Lionel Messi and 16-year-old wonderkid Ansu Fati. 

Right away, the flow of the game changed and the away side have been capable to sustain attacks and assert their dominance. Nevertheless, Granada have been lastly capable to break into the Barcelona half just after soaking up lots of stress and won a free of charge-kick. From the resulting set-piece, Arturo Vidal – seconds just after coming on – handled the ball to concede a Video Assistant Referee awarded penalty. Alvaro Vadillo cooly stepped up and tucked it dwelling to make it two-.

The hosts have been capable to comfortably see out the remainder of the game and even had additional probabilities on the counter – with Barça lacking imagination and creativity, regardless of Messi’s introduction.

Here’s 90min’s critique of the game.


Player Ratings

Beginning XI: Rui Silva (six), Victor Diaz (six), German (six), Domingos D. (7), C. Neva (six), Azeez (eight), Montoro J.M. (7), Herrera (7), Puertas (7), D. Machis (six), Soldado (eight)

Substitutes: Vadillo (7), Carlos Fdez (six), Gonalons (N/A)


Crucial Speaking Point

Even though the fixtures for Barça are coming thick and rapidly, there was nevertheless a terrific deal of surprise more than the lineup Ernesto Valverde named. 

Thinking of the two sides came into the game level on points, quite a few have been expecting to see a close to complete-strength beginning XI – possibly one particular that incorporated a certain Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi

This wasn’t to be, and the group struggled to adjust to the higher press and outstanding function price of Granada. Just after conceding early, the away side showed no actual sign of drawing level in the initially half – with the hosts continuing to win back possession. 

Valverde required to make a adjust – rapidly. And that is specifically what he did, wasting no time in bringing Messi and Fati on at half-time. Even though they added a spark, they have been unable to break their opponents down – when the group as a whole continued to make a string of errors. 

The subsequent horrific error by Vidal permitted Granada to double their lead from the penalty spot. There was a lack of composure and threat all through the group – and the score could have been worse.

Valverde, but far more importantly the fans, will be deeply concerned with Barça’s fragilities at the back – shaky is an understatement. Granada have to be praised for their endeavour, but the guests have been actually awful.


Player Ratings

Beginning XI: Ter Stegan (five), Semedo (five), Pique (five), Lenglet (five), Junior (four) Rakitic (five), Sergi Roberto (four), de Jong (eight*) Griezmann (four), Carles Pérez (five), Suárez (three)

Substitutes: Messi (six), Fati (six), Vidal (four)

STAR PLAYER – It was a sluggish and lacklustre efficiency from La Blaugrana with a quantity of players worryingly unable to assert themselves on the match. Nevertheless, it was Frenkie de Jong who was regularly attempting to make points occur and get his side pushing forward.

His efficiency was all-the-far more impressive thinking of the disappointing displays by these about him. De Jong is becoming an increasingly crucial member in this Barcelona squad and even when these about him are struggling, he is continuing to shine.

It was a pretty mature show as he wasn’t phased by the higher press and astonishing function price of their opponents.


Searching Ahead

Granada subsequent face a trip to take on Valladolid on Tuesday evening in La Liga and then they will host Leganes on the weekend. 

Barça, meanwhile, play host to Villarreal on Tuesday evening in La Liga, ahead of they travel to face Getafe on Saturday.