Alexa Barca loses in its worst start in La Liga for 25 yrs

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Barca loses in its worst start in La Liga for 25 yrs

 Sports Desk  daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:41 PM, 22 September 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Not even Lionel Messi's return was enough to prevent Barcelona from making its worst start in the Spanish league for 25 years. The Argentine star came off the bench in the second half for his first league appearance of the season on Saturday as Barcelona lost 2-0 at promoted Granada. 

Barcelona is seventh with seven points from its first five matches. Not since 1994-95 - when it had five points after the first five games - has Barcelona had such a bad start. 

It was a horrible first half from Barca in every phase of the game: they conceded just two minutes into the match thanks to a combination of poor defending, individual mistakes, a bit of bad luck and really good positioning from Azeez, who gave his team a big early lead.

After showing off their terrible defense it was time for Barca to be bad in the attack: their passing was awful, the movement was non-existent and they seemed allergic to shooting the ball. Antoine Griezmann was running around trying to make something happen, but every promising play was ruined by Luis Suárez and Sergi Roberto, who always found themselves and good positions and managed to either lose the ball or misplace an easy pass.

Granada had nothing to do with Barca’s problems and remained solid defensively and dangerous on the counter, firing shots at will and finishing the first half as by far and away from the better team on the pitch.

At halftime, Barca’s performance was pathetic and they deserved to lose by more than just the one goal. It was hard to see them mounting a comeback, but Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati were on the pitch warming up and there was some hope.

Messi and Ansu Fati did start the second half and Barca lined up in a 4-2-1-3, with Messi in behind a front three of Griezmann, Suarez and Fati with Frenkie De Jong and Ivan Rakitic anchoring the midfield. Barca planted themselves in Granada’s half and the plan was to become more dangerous thanks to Fati’s dribbling and Messi’s movement.

The plan didn’t work thanks to Granada’s fantastic defensive structure, and the home team earned a chance to double their lead when Arturo Vidal was called for a handball in the box following video review. Alvaro Vadillo scored the penalty, and Granada were 2-0 up with 25 minutes to go. 

The rest of the game saw Barca fail to create any chances to make a comeback despite having all the possession, and the final whistle came to put them out of their misery. - AP, Barca Blaugranes

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