Skip to main content

Barcelona desperate for win against Granada despite numerous absences


Barcelona will have no room for mistakes when they face Granada at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Barca have not been playing too badly so far this season, but sporadic mistakes when Luis Enrique has felt the need to rotate his preferred XI resulted in poor results against theoretically minor opposition. The current La Liga champions , currently in third place in the standings with just 19 points out of a possible 27, must step their game up against Granada in order to continue their challenge to keep their crown.

Against Granada, Luis Enrique will have to get inventive again due to the confirmed absences of Andres Iniesta, Arda Turan, Gerard Pique, Jeremy Mathieu, Jordi Alba, Jasper Cillessen and Aleix Vidal. At the same time, the Asturian manager can't forget that Barcelona are scheduled to face City in Manchester in the Champions League on Tuesday.


Luis Enrique explained on Friday: “We are a great squad and we have the capacity to resolve these difficult situations. I am very happy with all of the academy players who help us out. They are a positive resource. The international players barely get holidays and free time so I like to give them a rest whenever I can."

"On Saturday, when the doctors see Rafinha, Cillessen and Arda we will make a decision on them, they could make the squad. It is a period of the season where unusual things have happened but this is to be expected and we need to know how to manage it. The majority of rivals adapt to what we do. Depending on what I want we have different types of players to chose from in the midfield positions."

With that in mind, I would expect Barcelona to start the match against Granada with the following starting lineup: Marc Andre Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Digne; Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Rafinha; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar.

OFFICIAL UPDATE: 

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Mascherano, Digne; Rakitic, Denis Suárez, Rafinha; Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez.

Granada XI: Ochoa; Saunier, Vezo, Lombán, Gabriel Silva; Uche Agbo, Pereira, Toral; Cuenca, Carcela-González, Kravets.

Despite the many absences that Barcelona will have to overcome in Granada, their deadly MSN front-line should give them enough edge to ensure the three points remain at the Camp Nou. My predicted score is 3-0.

Will you be watching the game? Our friends at FuboTV have got you covered with a free trial and an exclusive discount to watch or record the match on mobile, on your laptop or via their TV streaming app -- Don't miss out!

Now it's your turn: What is your predicted score and starting lineup? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Comments

  1. Anonymous8.3.17

    sweet!!!!!Messi is my number 1 soccer player

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Should Neymar be sold to PSG for €222M? The Marco Verratti - Ivan Rakitic swap and USA Tour [TBP 16]

Could Paulo Dybala improve Barcelona? Xavi criticises La Masia and departed starters [TBP 17]

The Barcelona Podcast duo discuss whether Paulo Dybala has what it takes to succeed at the Camp Nou. Francesc and Dan also analyse the current state of affairs at La Masia, which has been heavily criticised by Xavi in recent times. The pair also focus on former players who decided to leave Barca despite being regular starters. Episode 17 of 'The Barcelona Podcast' is finally here!

As always, you can listen on iTunes, via your preferred podcast app or on Soundcloud.

Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/thebarcelonapodcast/could-paulo-dybala-replace-neymar-xavi-questions-la-masia-quality-and-departed-starters-tbp-17

Do you know someone who loves Barcelona as much as you do? If so, would you share this podcast with them? That would be awesome, thank you!

You can also listen to previous episodes of 'The Barcelona Podcast' on iTunes or SoundCloud:



'The Barcelona Podcast' is brought to you by Francesc Tomas (as seen in ESPN, The Guardian) and Dan Hilton (Barca…

Neymar shines for Barcelona despite ongoing transfer drama

Neymar scored an impressive double to help Barcelona defeat Juventus in their first game of the International Champions Cup 2017. The Brazilian star managed to put all the drama of his worst week as a Blaugrana aside and deliver a memorable performance. If this game ended up being his last defending Barca's colours, he certainly would have gone out with a bang.

There's no two ways about it: The ball is firmly in Neymar's court when it comes to his future. PSG insist on chasing the Brazilian forward's signature despite knowing full well that a hypothetical transfer would mean having to pay his astronomical €222 million release clause. With that in mind, the No.11 has to decide whether to accept the Parisien's cash or remain at Barcelona alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez -- a no-brainer in my eyes, but each to their own, I guess.

We discussed Neymar's transfer in plenty of detail in Episode 16 of 'The Barcelona Podcast'. You should definitely check …

Could Paulo Dybala replace Neymar? Xavi criticises La Masia and departed starters [TBP 17]

The Barcelona Podcast duo discuss whether Paulo Dybala has what it takes to succeed at the Camp Nou. Francesc and Dan also analyse the current state of affairs at La Masia, which has been heavily criticised by Xavi in recent times. The pair also focus on former players who decided to leave Barca despite being regular starters. Episode 17 of 'The Barcelona Podcast' is finally here!

As always, you can listen on iTunes, via your preferred podcast app or on Soundcloud.

Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/thebarcelonapodcast/could-paulo-dybala-replace-neymar-xavi-questions-la-masia-quality-and-departed-starters-tbp-17

Do you know someone who loves Barcelona as much as you do? If so, would you share this podcast with them? That would be awesome, thank you!

You can also listen to previous episodes of 'The Barcelona Podcast' on iTunes or SoundCloud:



'The Barcelona Podcast' is brought to you by Francesc Tomas (as seen in ESPN, The Guardian) and Dan Hilton (Barca…

Could Neymar leave Barcelona? Cesar Azpilicueta rumours and expiring contracts [TBP 15]

The Barcelona Podcast duo discuss the possibility of losing Neymar this summer. Francesc and Dan also weigh up what Cesar Azpilicueta would add to Barca's back-line. The pair also analyse when the contracts of current squad members are scheduled to expire. Episode 15 of 'The Barcelona Podcast' is finally here!

As always, you can listen on iTunes, via your preferred podcast app or on Soundcloud..

Check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/thebarcelonapodcast/could-neymar-leave-barcelona-cesar-azpilicueta-rumours-and-expiring-contracts-tbp-15

Do you know someone who loves Barcelona as much as you do? If so, would you share this podcast with them? That would be awesome, thank you!

You can also listen to the previous episodes of 'The Barcelona Podcast' here:



'The Barcelona Podcast' is brought to you by Francesc Tomas (as seen in ESPN, The Guardian) and Dan Hilton (Barcablog). Listen in for our opinionated take on the hottest breaking stories from the Camp Nou…

Marco Reus, preferred transfer target for Barca fans | Barcelona News

Is Gerard Deulofeu right for Barcelona? Paulinho, Arda Turan transfer rumours [TBP 11]

The Barcelona Podcast duo debate if Barcelona made a mistake resigning Gerard Deulofeu. Francesc and Dan also discuss the Paulinho transfer rumours and whether Arda Turan has done enough to remain at Barca next season. Episode 11 of 'The Barcelona Podcast' is finally here!

If you are new here, consider subscribing so that you never miss another update! You can listen on iTunes, via your preferred podcast app or on Soundcloud.

Do you know someone who loves Barcelona as much as you do? If so, would you share this podcast with them? That would be awesome, thank you!

You can also listen to previous episodes here:

'The Barcelona Podcast' is brought to you by Francesc Tomas (as seen in ESPN, The Guardian) and Dan Hilton (Barcablog). Listen in for our opinionated take on the hottest breaking stories from the Camp Nou!

Would Paulinho improve Barcelona? Ernesto Valverde plans and transfer window uncertainty [TBP 14]

The Barcelona Podcast duo debate where Paulinho would fit if his transfer to Barca was completed. Francesc and Dan also discuss what Ernesto Valverde's formation could look like and the club's apparent lack of a clear transfer strategy. Episode 14 of 'The Barcelona Podcast' is finally here!

You can also listen to previous episodes of 'The Barcelona Podcast' here:



'The Barcelona Podcast' is brought to you by Francesc Tomas (as seen in ESPN, The Guardian) and Dan Hilton (Barcablog). Listen in for our opinionated take on the hottest breaking stories from the Camp Nou!


The Messi Awards | Barca End of Season Awards 2016/17 | The Barcelona Podcast

Barcelona Podcast Alert! Who deserved the Player of the Season award? Who was Barca’s Worst Player? Most improved? Who must improve next season before being offloaded? Episode #4 of 'The Barcelona Podcast' has all the answers!

This episode is brought to you by FuboTV. We have secured an EXCLUSIVE discount for you to watch hundreds of sporting events, including ALL FC Barcelona matches in HD, at bit.ly/BarcaStreaming

---------- DISCLAIMER -----------

This video and description contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, we will receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos like this for you. Thank you for the support!

---------- RUNNING ORDER ----------- 
0:00 -- Goal of the Season Award 
3:00 -- Most Improved Player Award 
6:30 -- Least Improved Player Award 
8:45 -- Rising Star Award 
Last Chance for Glory Award 
Most Underrated Player Award 
Best Days Behind Award 
Miss You Always Award 

Why Barcelona should sign Yerry Mina in 2018

Yerry Mina has been heavily linked with Barcelona in recent times. The 22-year-old centre-back, who has excelled for both Palmeiras and Colombia in recent times, is rumoured to be joining Barca in the summer -- the summer of 2018, that is.

Given the huge role Mina is bound to play for Colombia in the biggest international tournament in football, the Barca board believe it is best for the young defender to stay in his current club until then. As per sport.netbet.co.uk, Los Cafeteros are currently 28/1 favourites to win the World Cup in 2018 and their limited chances of success would only increase if Mina's form and confidence is exceptional when it truly matters.

Barcelona reportedly agreed an option to bring Mina from Palmeiras to the Camp Nou for a €9 million back in October 2016. However, the Barca board believe that the 195cm Colombian should remain in his current club until the end of the 2018 World Cup, to be played in Russian next summer.

The almost certain departure of Jer…