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Barcelona vs Granada | LaLiga Santander: Defensive mistakes have cost Barcelona points all season


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Barcelona shockingly fell to a solid Granada team 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Thursday night, and it was mistakes at the back which once again cost Ronald Koeman’s men.

Granada didn’t offer much threat in the opening 45 minutes, in fact failed to register even one shot on target. That said, their strikers remained attentive and when given chances took them with aplomb.

First a strike from Darwin Machis then a Jorge Molina header completed a spectacular comeback from the visitors.

Defensive mistakes have cost Barcelona points all season

Without detracting from the success and hard-work of Granada, the errors made by the Barcelona defence were the turning points of the game.

They allowed Granada back into the contest which the hosts had controlled before half-time, with Oscar Mingueza making the first error when he failed to clear his lines.

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For the second goal, the visiting forward, Molina, was able to get into the box unopposed by Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.

Defensive mistakes have cost Barcelona points all season

We don’t know exactly what Ronald Koeman said to Gonzalez Fuertes in order for him to be shown a straight red card.

It will be necessary to see what the referee puts in his report, as well as what Koeman says in his press conference, but it was clear that the former Feyenoord coach lost his cool.

He was making constant claims to the officials, which put him in the spotlight, and he was unable to direct his team from the bench. When a boat lacks a captain, the boat generally ends up adrift.

Defensive mistakes have cost Barcelona points all season

Sergio Busquets was the heartbeat for Barcelona against Granada. He combined the responsibility of being a stopper in midfield and conducting play.

He was responsible for Barcelona having 82% possession, although this wasn’t enough to avoid defeat. He played a number of probing passes from midfield, but the best version of the veteran wasn’t enough.

Defensive mistakes have cost Barcelona points all season

The Griezmann-Messi connection paid off again, with the Frenchman adding his seventh assist of the season, whilst the Argentine scoring his 26th goal of the campaign.

Messi already has 33.7 percent of his team’s goals this season in LaLiga Santander, and he leads Karim Benzema and Gerard Moreno in the Pichichi race by five and six respectively.

Defensive mistakes have cost Barcelona points all season

Barcelona ends matchday 33 in third with 71 points, which is the same as Real Madrid but two behind Atletico Madrid.

They are in the title race, but their ambitions have been somewhat halted by Thursday’s defeat, although what is remarkable about this season is that Barcelona are in the race despite never having been in first place.

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