LA LIGA: BAR vs GRA




At home Nou Camp, Barcelona are in unstable form to welcome newly promoted rookie, Granada, who is quite precarious at the latest match in the 20th round to open the return leg. Will defending champion Barca successfully launch coach Quique Setien to rediscover the joy of victory as well as build the first place before the hesitation of rival Real Madrid. Or Granada will surprise again as beat Barca in the first leg and return to the battle to win tickets to the European Cup.

After more than two years in charge, coach Ernesto Valverde despite helping Barca win La Liga for 2 consecutive years, the bad performance in the key matches of the cup tournaments made him lose points. Valverde was finally fired by a back defeat to Atletico Madrid in the semi-final first leg of the Spanish Super Cup - the arena they were defending champions, though the trio of Messi - Suarez - Griezmann created 2 swift goals in early in the second half helped them back, but the defense was indiscriminate with 2 goals lost only from 81 to 86 minutes, which made them feel more hateful. At the La Liga front, Barca also opened the disappointing 2020 new year when the Espanyol team held 2-2 with the final goal despite taking the lead both times, it was the third draw at 4 close matches. here and rival Real Madrid keep up with the same 40 points. Camp Nou is still their mecca with 18 wins in the last 20 matches accompanied by the strongest attack in the league with 49 shots. Rookie midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been suspended for the recent defeat at Atletico Madrid, so Sergi Roberto will be back in the middle of the midfield, Luis Suarez is sidelined after going through surgery and is expected to be absent. By May, Ansu Fati could start on the left flank.

Away from home is haunted by Granada, who lost 5 times in the last 7 away games and is afraid of Barca because of losing 8 times in the last 10 matches despite they beat Barca 2-0 in the first leg of the season. This is at home, even though he has just won a promotion. The teachers and coaches of Diego Martinez defeated another newly promoted rookie, Mallorca, who was in the bottom group with the score of 1-0, the only goal scorer was Angel Montoro after preparing the deck of veteran striker Roberto Soldado.  




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