La Liga

Barcelona pounds Granada 4-0 to remain undefeated in last 8 games

Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images
Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images

Barcelona now has an unbeaten streak in La Liga in eight games after the Blaugrana won their fourth away game in a row with an astounding 4-0 demolition against Granada. Barça dominated the pitch for the whole game, scored impressive goals, and played like a good team, with magnificent individual performances awarding Barça with three points.

Granada made a good start to the game, with a good defense depriving Barça of getting into a proper form in the first 10 minutes, Marc-André Ter Stegen made a huge save out of a shot form Puertas in the first big chance of the half for Granada.

After a coarse beginning, Barça settled into their style and dominated possession, but had to scuffle against a well-organized defense from the home team and worked the ball from side to side. Pedri wasn’t as lively and brilliant as we've seen him be but Lionel Messi was at it from the very beginning, persistently linking up with the other forwards.

After Roberto Soldado deflected a Sergio Busquets pass into the path of Antoine Griezmann, the Frenchman didn't miss the opportunity. With a beautiful opening, the Blaugrana began their domination and increased the pressure upon Granada.

Then Lionel Messi received a pass from Griezmann, shifted the ball to his left foot and placed a beauty into the goal post, after that Pedri was awarded a free-kick at the edge of the box Messi hit a fine shot into the bottom corner before Rui Silva could react, providing Barça a three-goal lead in the first half.

Granada swapped three players at halftime and came out with intensity and high pressing, and Barça had a bit of trouble and missed a few easy passes in the second half, but as time went on the visitors returned to their passing patterns.

Then came the final blow after a sweet long pass from Busquets to Ousmane Dembélé, who found Griezmann in space inside the box, and he scored another goal with his right foot to make it 4-0 with half an hour to go. Then Ronald Koeman benched Messi, who came off with 30 minutes left along with Frenkie De Jong, which was a nice thing to see with the game in the visitor's favor.

Barça had to play against 10 men Granada in the final 15 minutes after Jesús Vallejo was sent off, but there were no more goals scored and the final whistle was blown to end an impressive night for Barça. The team played great all together. Maybe, this team is gradually going back to being the great team it used to be.

Publish : 2021-01-10 12:05:00

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