Coach Ernesto Valverde’s army had the worst start in 25 years after receiving a 0-2 defeat to newly promoted Granada. On the morning of September 22, Barcelona made a trip to Granada’s stadium in the match of Round 7 La Liga season 2019/20. More appreciated, but Barca suddenly conceded goals in the 64th minute of the match.
At the beginning of the second half, Lionel Messi was launched, but could not help the defending champion get a brighter posture. In the 66th minute, Alvaro Vadillo doubled the lead for the home team with a goal on the 11m mark after Arturo Vidal put his hand in the restricted area.
According to Goal News, the failure of the newly promoted team has made Barca record the worst start of the season in 25 years. The Catalunya team only got 7 points after 5 rounds and ranked 7th in the rankings. Meanwhile, Granada took the lead with 10 points.
The last time Barca had such a poor start was the 1994/95 season, under coach Johan Cruyff. That year, they finished La Liga in 4th place, broke up with the Champions League in the quarterfinals after losing to PSG.
Along with the poor public goods, Barca’s defense is also having problems. After 5 rounds, Valverde’s team received 9 goals, an average of nearly 2 goals per game. Along with Real Betis, Barca is currently the most conceded team in La Liga this season. This is their worst defense since the 1996/97 season.
Ramos Azeez’s strike in the 64th minute of the match made Barca the fastest goal lost since Karim Benzema broke the deadlock for Real Madrid in the 21st seconds, in the match in December 2011.
After the puzzling defeat of Barca, some major newspapers in Spain published the headline: “Granada has overshadowed Barcelona”, “Barcelona’s comprehensive disaster” or “Barcelona accident”. Next round, Barca has a home match against Villarreal at 2h on 25/9.