Managers come and cross, however Lionel Messi stays. There have been 15 mins closing in Quique Setién’s first recreation as supervisor of Barcelona and the strain was once rising, when the Argentinian in the end escaped to attain the function that avoided his opening night time finishing in failure.
Barcelona have been remaining in on 1,000 passes, however they’d struggled to create transparent probabilities till Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Arturo Vidal blended. Down at the bench, Setién celebrated. It was once simplest 1-Zero but it surely was once sufficient, for now. It was once a get started.
Setién had stated it was once now not sufficient simply to win; he sought after his group to play neatly, too. But he knew that he needed to win to on a chilly, windy night time when abstract judgments could be served and everybody would seek for clues as to what the long run holds, indicators of what has modified. It’s only one fit but when they didn’t include the ranking they did include the intentions – the ball is above all else. But doubts stay too, issues to toughen.
There have been no primary surprises in Setién’s first beginning XI, no grand observation made. Within the absence of Luis Suárez, this was once a group Ernesto Valverde would most definitely have selected, together with Vidal and Ivan Rakitic, two footballers every now and then introduced up as additional evidence that Valverde didn’t getBarcelona. This was once simplest the primary day, after all, and there have been few different choices, whilst the overdue advent of younger Riqui Puig might be simply the primary of many.
But even so, when it began, there have been shifts. Setién put Ansu Fati at the proper, with Messi moved into the center. Griezmann covered as much as his left, however slender and just about him, leaving the wing unfastened for Jordi Alba. That intended that a lot of the time, it was once a back-three, with Sergi Roberto staying whilst Alba stepped up – in ownership he was once as prime as Fati at the proper. In assault, it seemed a 3-5-2; in defence a 4-3-3.
The ball was once Barcelona’s and at all times introduced out from the again, by no means thumped lengthy. That stated, Granada, reputedly unwilling to press prime, could have been complicit in that development. Barcelona accrued males inside of, shut in combination. One early Messi run during the heart particularly involved Granada, however his choices have been other and from time to time he was once much less fluid, the choices much less automated, his passes now not at all times reciprocated or delivered with the similar sense of safety. He additionally discovered extra avid gamers crowded round him.
Barcelona performed round and in entrance of Granada greater than past them, simplest now and again discovering a well past the lads accrued across the fringe of the world. They’d 82% of ownership which intended coverage in addition to development; in all probability extra so. After two just right early probabilities Fati put over, the manufacturing slowed till he neglected the ball from shut vary on the a ways publish and Messi and Alba produced their signature transfer just for Messi’s shot to bend simply outdoor the publish.
As the second one part started, Messi struck vast after Griezmann had injected tempo into the transfer and Rakitic hit an extended shot previous the publish.
On the different finish, there was once an indication of vulnerability. One ruin left Vidal having to deliver down Darwin Machís and two mins later Yan Eteki hit the publish.
With 20 mins to head, Germán Sánchez was once proven his 2nd yellow card, for a nasty on Messi. As he went off, Puig got here on for Rakitic, Setién making his first trade.
Puig was once concerned when Barcelona in the end lower via, successful the ball again and discovering Sergio Busquets. From there it went to Messi, Griezmann, Vidal and Messi once more. The lend a hand was once pretty, a backheel into Messi’s trail, for the function that intended Setién’s get started was once no less than a wining one.