After the slap conceded against Bayern Munich (0-3), last week in the Champions League, Barça was launched in a reconquest operation against Granada. Finally, the Blaugrana and especially Ronald Koeman will wake up with a hangover on Tuesday morning. Held in check by the Andalusians for almost the entire match, Barça relied on Ronald Araujo at the very end of the game so as not to suffer a new affront (1-1). Even if he has not lost, the Barcelona club is getting bogged down a little more in a sports crisis, which Koeman is not sure to survive …
The Catalan press had however warned the Dutch coach. An emergency meeting of the big heads of the club had taken place after the Bavarian slap and a burst of pride was expected this Monday evening and for the next two weeks. If he feels confident about his future, Koeman knows that the score made against Granada will not plead in his favor with Joan Laporta who is waiting for the first opportunity to replace him.
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Depay alone in the world
In the Catalan gray of a Monday evening in September, the teammates of Memphis Depay remained in their European crosses, with only two shots at the break. Except that opposite, it was not Bayern Munich but Granada, the first non-relegation and not yet having achieved success this season. Only, the grass of Camp Nou seems to give a surplus of energy to Andalusians.
Six months after their last victory in the league in Barcelona, Robert Moreno’s men have long believed to redo the coup of April 2021. The opening of the ultra-fast score of Duarte (2nd, 0-1) following defensive mistakes Barcelona made it possible for the visitors’ plan to be perfectly set in motion.
Domingos Duarte goalscorer at Camp Nou
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With a host of absentees (Fati, Pedri, Dembélé, Jordi Alba, etc.), Barça found a way to be without ammunition to destabilize the opposing block. Lonely on the front of the attack, Memphis Depay did with the means at hand without finding the framework when the changes of pace of Coutinho or Frenkie de Jong were absent subscribers. Sergi Roberto found the bar (18th) but that was all …
A Barça “kick and rush” version
It is finally in a sector of play where the Blaugrana have shown their weaknesses for years that they have found their salvation. Already very dangerous on the corners of Depay in the first period (22nd, 44th, 65th), Ronald Araujo avoided a new affront to his team and to the few supporters who had braved the rain at the very end of the match, on an angry head (90th ). Because yes, it is in the air sector that the Catalan club had its best opportunities and took this point of draw which puts it in 7th place.
With the entries of Luuk de Jong from the break and Gerard Piqué, attacking for one night, there was something to send in the box. Far from Barça’s DNA for two decades. But we have to be made for a reason, this Barça 2021-2022 will be like its summer. A site where the young people of the center play the firefighters of service and of which we do not know the end date. And by continuing to produce such a game, not sure that Koeman remains the project manager for long …
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