Barcelona were created More trouble by 10-man Granada at Camp Nou on Sunday in Quique Setien’s first game responsible before Lionel Messi secured a 1-0 win.
The champions needed three points to reclaim prime spot in LaLiga from Real Madrid however were largely dulled by a disciplined defensive show in windy conditions in catalonia.
Setien set his side up in an exceedingly 3-4-3 variation corresponding to pep Guardiola’s recent formation however, despite enjoying on the brink of eighty three per cent of the possession, clear-cut possibilities were onerous to come by.
Barca got a bonus once German Sanchez was sent off and Messi eventually created the breakthrough with fourteen minutes of normal time left as the attack finally clicked into gear.
Setien’s much-discussed adherence to the Johan Cruyff college was clear in an exceedingly half during which Barcelona created over 500 passes, however an endeavor from Messi that rippled the side-netting was the nearest they came to a goal.
Messi saw a free-kick deflected over the crossbar before Granada gave Barca a real scare, Yan Eteki’s low strike beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen only to retrieve off the inside of the post and away to safety.
Granada’s game plan was working well till German was shown a second yellow card sixty nine minutes in for a trip on Messi, before Setien earned a cheer from the home fans by introducing Riqui Puig for Ivan Rakitic.
The 20-year-old created a telling impact, winning back possession on the sting of the box before Messi found Antoine Griezmann, he flicked the ball to Arturo Vidal and also the Chilean’s backheel was sweptwing home by the captain.
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