Barcelona vs Granada | LaLiga Santander: Defensive mistakes have cost Barcelona points all season
Posted On April 30, 2021
ADAPTED BY CHRIS WINTERBURN
04/29/2021 – 21:22
Barcelona shockingly fell to a solid Grenade team 2-1 at Camp Nou on Thursday night, and it was mistakes at the back that once again cost Ronald koemanmen.
Grenade didn’t offer much threat in the first 45 minutes, in fact failed to register even one shot on target. However, their strikers remained vigilant and when given a chance, they took them with aplomb.
First a strike of Darwin Machis then a Jorge Molina header had a spectacular return from visitors.
Without compromising the success and hard work of Grenade, the errors made by the Barcelona defense was the turning point of the game.
They allowed Grenade return to the competition that the hosts had controlled before half-time, with Oscar Mingueza making the first mistake when he failed to erase his lines.
For the second goal, the visiting striker, Molina, was able to enter the box without opposition by Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.
We don’t know exactly what Ronald Koeman told Gonzalez Fuertes to get him a straight red card.
It will be necessary to see what the referee puts in his report, as well as what Koeman said in his press conference, but it was clear that the former Feyenoord coach has lost his temper.
He constantly complained to officials, which put him in the spotlight, and he was unable to lead his team from the bench. When a boat does not have a captain, the boat usually ends up adrift.
Sergio Busquets was the heartbeat for Barcelona vs Granada. He combined the responsibility of being a midfield stopper and running the game.
He was responsible for Barcelona have 82% possession, although that is not enough to avoid defeat. He played a number of assists from midfield, but the veteran’s best version wasn’t enough.
The Griezmann-Messi connection paid off again, with the Frenchman adding his seventh assist of the season, while the Argentine scored his 26th goal of the campaign.
Messi already has 33.7% of his team’s goals this season in LaLiga Santander, and he leads Karim Benzema and Gerard Moreno in the Pichichi race by five and six, respectively.
Barcelona finish the 33rd day in third position with 71 points, which is equivalent to real Madrid, but two behind Atletico Madrid.
They are in the title race, but their ambitions were somewhat halted by Thursday’s loss, although what is remarkable about this season is that Barcelona are in the race although they have never been in first place.