Doubles from Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave Barcelona a 4-0 win away at Granada, leaving the Blaugrana third in the LaLiga table.

Winning titles doesn’t just depend on one player

After another convincing win, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman praised his team have the potential to challenge for trophies come the end of the season. Doubles from Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave Barcelona a 4-0 win away at Granada, leaving the Blaugrana third in the LaLiga table. However, Atletico Madrid have three games in hand and are four points ahead. “Winning titles doesn’t just depend on one player,” Koeman told reporters. “It depends on the mentality of the team. If everyone is doing well and in the best shape, they can fight for titles. With the gap to the leaders, It will be difficult, but this week we played well, which gives me confidence.” Messi was again Barcelona’s talisman and netted a brilliant freekick as the captain once again inspired his team.

“Barcelona need Messi,” stated Koeman. “Because of his important and effectiveness. We need him to fight for titles. Thanks to his leadership, we were able to take him off. Messi is doing his best for the team, and lately, he has been doing very well, very efficiently. Like the rest of the team, the start of the season was bad, but he was always motivated. Now he scores more, but he has always been involved.” When quizzed on the question of why Barcelona have started 2021 in such a significant fashion, Koeman was confident about the improvements. “We are calmer,” Koeman said. “And they concentrate more. But we must be humble and keep working.”