A goal by Xavi liquid to Granada

A goal from Xavi Hernández in the minute 87 It has served Barcelona to open the scoring against Granada, sign their fifth consecutive victory and put an end to the mess that the Andalusian team had posed until then, who in added time saw how his defender Borja Gómez scored the 2-0 at your own door.

Barça achieved what it wanted, but he didn't show good football. It was playing with 3-4-3 when Tito Vilanova's men looked more comfortable, although by then the difference was in the goal, because Granada goalkeeper Toño was sublime with up to eight worthy saves.

The mess for the Catalans was undid by Xavi. The Barcelona captain, that entered in the minute 53, finished with the outside in the minute 87 and secured victory. He 2-0 It was anecdotal..

Chew the game against a team with a lot of craftsmanship and with the seal of a coach raised in the Second Division, José Antonio Anquela. Barça found itself with a repeated scenario. Too much density in the rival's construction zone and lack of ball circulation by Vilanova's team, who returned to the bench today after his suspension.

Sin Xavi, who did not play at the start, The construction was a task for Cesc and Thiago, but the danger was almost always carried by Dani Alves, with his forays to the right. Granada counterattacked with the rises on that Siqueira band, the most active, along with Brahimi, of the andalusians.

Barcelona never felt comfortable. He lacked ball speed and he didn't find that until the last third of the first half.. Until then, Granada had played its tricks very well: pressure, accumulation of players in their area and try to play on the counter.

Floro Flores (m.9), Mikel Rico (m.11) y especially Siqueira (m.30) They stalked Valdés' goal, but as soon as the azulgranas put more intensity, the chances followed one another in front of Toño's goal.

Cesc had it, with a close shot, and then Messi found the defense in a couple of plays. The Barca, far from brilliant, moved with teeth, with voracity, but without success, a scenario that was too reminiscent of the European match a few days ago against Spartak Moscow in which the Blaugrana had to come back.

The intermission ended without goals and with an image that depicts the situation: that of the discussion between Messi and Villa over a play in which the Asturian did not play first with the Argentine.

Vilanova did not see it at all clearly and put Xavi and Pedro into play for Thiago and Villa in the minute 53, even though in seven minutes, The Blaugrana had two chances through Villa and Song.

With Xavi, Barça improved in circulation and in game criteria, the opportunities multiplied, Granada regressed more and more and those from Vilanova, although they did not have much imagination, They did get closer to Toño's goal.

Messi had a very clear option against the Andalusian goalkeeper, that he did not take advantage, and Cesc began to discover who was responsible for the tie continuing on the scoreboard: Toño.

Barça changed the drawing. He played with 3-4-3 after Tello's entry by Hadrian (m.73). In the following minutes, Toño multiplied himself with great saves from shots by Cesc and Xavi and in the final part, the match became uncontrolled.

Barça took a risk with three at the back and four forwards. Yes Toño was stellar, Valdés practically saved the 0-1 in an action against Orellana in the final minutes. Then Xavi appeared and his goal and Borja Gómez's own goal.

The victory is the fifth in a row in the League. Fifteen points out of a possible fifteen and maximum pressure for the rivals, but Barça's football is not up to par with its numbers.

Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in Colgadosporelfutbol.com and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982
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