Following on from our 3-0 midweek defeat against Bayern Munich in the champions league. Barça return to the Camp Nou to face Granada in our 4th La Liga game of the season. Having not played in the league for several weeks now, this game comes at a very uncertain time for the team. Which isn’t exactly anything new, as it always seems things are uncertain at Barça. Playing on the last day of the Matchday means that we are 2 games behind the rest of the league, so we need to begin racking up some points.
Ronald Koeman’s job also seems to be under a lot of pressure, after the defeat to Bayern. And considering we play 3 times in 7 days, this week could be important to see what happens with our coach. The results but most importantly the way the team plays will be under intense scrutiny. So especially for Koeman’s sake, this team has to perform much better than what we’ve seen recently. We are struggling with a lot of important injuries, but that doesn’t mean we should just settle for mediocrity. At Barça, the levels are high every game. No matter the opponent. Us fans want to see a big improvement this week. Our coach’s future depends on it.
How have they started the season?
Granada started the season in a very disappointing kind of way. They haven’t won any of their opening 4 la liga games. Drawing against Villarreal and Valencia. Followed up with a 4-0 loss to newly-promoted side Rayo Vallecano. With their most recent result coming as a loss against Betis, 2-1 the game finished. They sit 17th in the league, 1 point in front of Celta Vigo. Although their start to the season has been very underwhelming, partly down to the fact that they’ve got a new coach at the helm.
Much like many teams in their position, when they’re up against Barça, form goes out the window. It’s a game that we should be winning, considering their recent form. But it is definitely not a game we should be taking lightly. As we all know, teams like Granada can put up a fight when coming to face Barça at the Camp Nou.
The most recent resultof Barça against Granada came near the end of last season at the Camp Nou. Losing 2-1 at home in the process, that day is remembered as the day where we threw away our chances of winning La Liga. It was an absolutely shocking performance from the team. And considering that it was at home too, that’s what makes the defeat even worse. Our 2 away games against them last season were ironically some of our best performances.
The first coming in La Liga, where Messi and Greizmann shined. Both scoring Braces and helping us win 4-0 on the day. However, most probably one of our most memorable performances from all of last season came in the Copa Del Rey. Losing 2-0 leading up to injury time. It seemed as if Barça were about to get knocked out of the Copa Del Rey in an embarrassing way. That was until Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Greizmann turned on the magic. 2 late goals in injury time took the game to extra time.
Where in the end, we went on to win the game 5-3, coming back from 2-0 down in regulation time. It was a fantastic, nerve wracking performance. Which gave us fans a lot of excitement for the rest of the season. We showed fighting spirit and a winning mentality which helped us go on to win the Copa.
Tomorrow is going to be a fairly tricky game. Like i said, although Granada aren’t in the best form right now. It’s still a game that we can’t take lightly. And considering we are a few games behind everyone else, we have to start racking up the points and chasing down the rest of the pack. Fans are back at the camp Nou and we’re going to need their full support tomorrow night!