FC Barcelona will be going into this fixture with a renewed vigor after their Copa del Rey triumph midweek as well as the return of key players to the team.
Although Barca usually dominates meetings between the two sides, the Andalusian side has been putting up excellent outings against the Catalan giants of recent.
• A TENSED AFFAIR
Recent results between the two sides shows that FC Barcelona cannot take anything for granted in the fixture even if they are 5th while Granada is 13th on the La Liga table.
In 2019, Granada stunned Barca at Los Carmenes with a 2-0 win, shocked the Nou Camp with a 2-1 away win and drew 1-1 in their last meeting with the Catalan giants. The statistics shows that the fixture is not really in Barca’s favour, which means that they need to perform better if they are to take away anything from the game.
• EL CLASSICO TEST
Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will lock horns in the Super Cup next and the game against Granada couldn’t have come anytime sooner.
The game will be a big test for Xavi’s team which is fast improving but still needs to keep getting the maximum points. Having been knocked out of the Champions League competition and performing below per, the club cannot afford to slip up especially as Real Madrid lead the table with a massive 14 points gap between both teams.
Speaking about the fixture, Xavi Hernandez said –
“Every week is important. The game with Linares was also crucial. Every game is. Tomorrow is crucial to keep moving up the table. So my thoughts are fully on Granada, we’re not thinking about Real Madrid yet.”
“Barça must never lose but it can happen. Granada are a strong side with a brilliant coach. I have fond memories of playing under Robert Moreno when we won the treble. All the staff back then were wonderful.”
• OUSMANNE DEMBELE
With the bulk of Barca’s transfer news centred around the French International, all eyes will be on Dembele to show if he is worth the worry for Barca or if they should let him go.
Dembele’s talent is not in question, but his consistency and injury concerns are chief amongst the club’s consideration in his latest transfer dilemma.
It’s not going to be an easy affair for both teams, so expect a lot of fire works from the match.