Barcelona – Granada
Setien was appointed as manager this week after Barcelona’s exit from the Spanish Super Copa against Atletico Madrid. The club’s board took the decision to sack Ernesto Valverde, despite of the fact that Barca are leaders in La Liga, although on par with the second Real Madrid.
What is expected of Setien now is to bring some fresh enthusiasm in the team and make it play more attractive football – something Ernesto Valverde was always criticized for. Setien is known for being a major supporter of Barcelona’s football philosophy, so we expect to see Los Cules playing beautiful again.
In his first week as Barcelona head coach Quique Setien is facing some problems. Luis Suarez will be missing for the next three or four months, while Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Arthur and Ousmane Dembele are also injured. Meanwhile the Dutch midfield maestro Frenkie de Jong is suspended for the home game against Granada.
Because of Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele’s injuries, most likely someone between Ansu Fati and Carles Perez will start the game on Sunday.
Granada can be satisfied with their season so far as they are 10th in the league with 27 points and on safe distance from the danger zone. For them it’d be really good achievement if they finish the campaign in Top 10.
Against Barcelona Granda’s manager Diego Martinez will be without the services of the injured Yangel Herrera, Quini and Fede Vico, while Angel Montoro is suspended.
Despite of missing some important players, Quique Setien should field a team good enough to beat Granada at the Camp Nou. He still has some aces to rely on. It’d be interesting to see what kind of football Barca will play in their new coach’s debut.