Barcelona vs Granada: LaLiga preamble
Welcome to our live coverage of Barcelona and Granada’s LaLiga matchday-33 clash at the Camp Nou, a game postponed from earlier in April because of the Catalans’ involvement in the Copa del Rey final.
A win for the hosts tonight will take them top of LaLiga at the expense of Atlético Madrid – who’ve led the way pretty much all season – and leave Ronald Koeman’s men in pole position for a title triumph which, not so long ago, seemed nigh-on impossible.
Indeed, after defeat away to Cádiz in December, Barça were a full 12 points adrift of Atlético.
Since that 2-1 loss in Andalusia, however, they have registered 18 wins in 22 LaLiga games to reel in Atlético, whose relentless early-season title charge has given way to a stuttering run of form in which they have dropped points in eight of the last 15 in the league.
Most recently, Atleti fell to a 2-1 defeat at Athletic Club on Sunday, leaving Barça just two points behind Diego Simeone’s men – with tonight’s game against Granada in hand.
No side in history has ever recovered from a 12-point deficit to win the Spanish championship.
Anyway, the team news is in, so let’s get to that!