Over a week after their last game in La Liga, Barcelona return to action on Sunday at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys against Granada. Riding on the back of consecutive wins, the Blaugranas’ objective will be to take their streak to three on the trot, a feat they have managed only once since the end of September.
Their opponents on the night will have a different manager on the sidelines to the one they had when the two teams faced off earlier this season. Alexander Medina now sits in the chair once occupied by Paco Lopez, but he has not been able to turn around the fortunes of his men yet.
In the nine games Medina has overseen at Granada since his arrival, the team have won just one game and lost six times. They currently languish in 19th place on the league standings, eight points away from getting out of the relegation zone.
Barça Universal brings you three talking points ahead of Barcelona vs Granada.
Poor head-to-head record
Granada is one of those teams that have mastered the art of neutralising Barcelona in recent years. The Catalans have not won against the first-division side since the beginning of 2021, making it close to two years since their last win over them.
It was in the Copa del Reythat Barcelona last got the better of Granada. At the time, Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, and Antoine Griezmann were all at the club, with the Argentine talisman drilling out an absolute masterclass.
Yet, it took the team extra time to get the better of their opponents. Two goals in the 88th and 92nd minute helped Barcelona come back from 2-0 down to 2-2, forcing an additional 30 minutes of action where goals from Frenkie de Jong and Jordi Alba helped complete the comeback.
From there on, it has been a downhill battle for Barcelona. They lost to Granada at Spotify Camp Nou in April 2021, before scampering to two draws against them in their two meetings in the 2021-22 campaign.
Granada were relegated to the second division for the 2022-23 campaign and made…
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Author : Adithya Eshwarla
Publish date : 2024-02-10 15:43:27
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