The week started awfully for Barcelona. Blaugrana traveled to Germany and could not score a goal against Dortmund. If not Ter Stegen’s fantastic saves, Barcelona would be in the last position of Champions’ League group. This happened on Tuesday, and Valverde asked for few days to clarify the situation in the team. According to rumors, Barcelona players are not happy with Valverde.
We should uniquely mention Messi. Lionel gave a very heartbreaking interview about Neymar’s transfer. As it seems, Messi wanted to play along with Neymar this season, but Barcelona could not sign Brazilian forward. Keep in mind that Messi doubted Barcelona’s officials, as captain thinks that Barcelona could do more for Neymar.
Granada 2-0 Barcelona
Experts can’t believe how different Barcelona plays away matches. Barcelona can break any team at Nou Camp but can’t make a point away from home. We saw the same scenario with Granada tonight. Barcelona could only shoot once on target, and that happened in the second half.
1st half of the match
It’s not a surprise that Barcelona can’t defend like last season. The team conceded seven goals in four games, even though Pique is healthy and played all matches. Granada started the game with the furious will to score. Barcelona could not stand the pressure from Granada attackers, and they made a mistake in the penalty area. Granada used the error and scored a header goal. Ramon Azeez scored a header in the second minute, so Barcelona had the whole match to save the game.
2nd half of the game
Valverde gave a chance to Fati and Messi from 46th minute as they substituted Firpo and Perez. Messi could not transform Barcelona’s game as one player can’t do everything. There was a high pressure from Granada midfielders, so Blaugrana could not make a tactical change. On 66th minute, Referee saw a handball from Vidal and pointed on the penalty spot. Ter Stegen could not save Barcelona this time as he already saved a penalty on Tuesday from Marco Reus.
Granada took two goals lead and increased the level of pressure. As it seems, Barcelona players were exhausted because of midweek travel. Messi could shot on target only once and Granada’s goalkeeper easily saved it.
Valverde was disappointed after the match
We don’t know what’s happening in Valverde’s mind. For the first time since 2001, Barcelona is winless in seven consecutive away games. The Spanish coach said that Barcelona did not deserve anything because of poor performance. According to Valverde, Barcelona could not keep up with the pace of Granada.