FC Barcelona were unlucky not to have come out victorious in their game against Granada FC last night after a good outing in Match day 20 of the Spanish league.
Luuk de Jong was unlucky to have his first strike ruled off after Gavi was adjudged to be offside. However, the Netherland international soon capitalized on a Dani Alves cross to head home the first goal of the match.
However, despite numerous efforts and coming close to adding more, it was Granada who made things more tense whenever they’re on the ball. Their intense pressure soon landed them two corners from which they converted the second to secure a draw on home turf in the final minutes of the match.
Here are 3 things we learnt from Granada 1 – 1 FC Barcelona:
1) LACK OF EXPERIENCE
It was definitely inexperience that landed Gavi his second booking on the night which ultimately affected and cost Barca all three points. It was a wonder though that the coach kept him on despite knowing how abrasive and aggressive the teenager can be especially when frustrated on the pitch.
Also, the inexperience of Barca’s front line was very obvious, causing distortion in the midfield’s ability to link up with the attack. Positional play was obviously not on the cards. Also, the injury to Eric Garcia didn’t help issues too.
Speaking about the draw, Barca’s gaffe, Xavi Hernandez said –
“We’ve dropped two hugely important points. It’s down to us, not the opposition. We lost silly balls. The second half was there to be controlled. We can’t go home happy after that. We’re angry. We must be self-critical.
“We didn’t know how to control the game. We started dropping back when we had to kill the game off. We must create more to win. We’ve made mistakes. If we want to grow, it has to be now.”
Admittedly, the team has seen a lot of improvement in their pressing and ball holding, but inability to score and kill off the game still lingers.
2) LUUK de JONG
Xavi Hernandez in his quest to improve the attack and probably rest L.de Jong for Classico next week may have cost him all three points.
The Jong established himself in the match as a lethal finisher and scored two goals with his head to prove same. Tactically, it didn’t make sense to remove your best forward when you have not won the game.
Barca’s attack died the moment he was removed because Granada were totally marshalling a high defensive line, which meant that the main forward could only thrive through crosses.
3) OUSMANNE DEMBELE underperforms yet again.
He may have scored the equaliser midweek in the Copa del Rey, but the Frenchman was totally overwhelmed against the Andalusians and failed to show up.
Dembele lost so many balls to reckless dribbles and barely managed to bother Granada’s defense all night.
Although the game may have ended in a draw, Barca did put up a good performance on the road once again but will need to start winning or risk loosing the Champions League qualifications spot this season.