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Prior to the last match on Saturday, Granada had conceded only four goals throughout the season. But Barcelona probably have welcomed them in a different way to Camp Nou.
The Catalans have showed that the forward line were straight back in the groove. Six unanswered goals were really something celebrating for them after the last performance against Malaga in midweek.
This day their attack was truly like the Barcelona play. It was something that can be described in words like quick and sharp pass and move. That simple pattern of play proved effective for the Barcelona side.
Undoubtedly Neymar and Messi will take all the headlines. Neymar had his second hat-trick for the club. And Messi with two goals and two assists have showed that he has again started to enjoy the game. But scratching the last game a little deeper, we can be acknowledged about area of Barcelona’s play.
Seven clean sheets in all competitions since the start of the season is a frankly astonishing statistic for the Catalans. Another notable thing is, Gerard Pique was left out for three of the seven games.
For now a time Luis Enrique can afford such a luxury. The step forward Mr. Jeremy Mathieu has proved to be everything that Barcelona have been looking for in a central defender.
He is such strong in tackle with immaculate timing, quick across the ground and fearsome aerial presence. He is providing that kind of impact like no one is anymore focusing on his age.
Barcelona(6) – Granada CF(0)
Indeed, it would be fair to assume that most supporters will be wondering who will partner Mathieu at the heart of the back line. The ex-Valencia man has shown that much impact!!
Thomas Vermaelen is now fit and ready to make his mark for the Catalans. There have been too many rumors of Pique sale to Manchester United. But it may not be too wide off the mark this time.
This Barcelona is absolutely different from the last season. That time they were anything but defensively sound.
Now we can acknowledge that Luis Enrique’s purchases have been studious. His well-researched buys have been worthy for the Catalans so far.
No can surely think of arguing with a manager who takes his team to Paris on the last day of September with goalkeepers who are yet to pluck the ball from the net!!!
While Mathieu was the standout exponent on the night, Javier Mascherano provided a more-than-able sidekick. This kind of pairing may had been Lucho’s first choice, he was searching for.
Dani Alves’ volleyed pass for Messi’s first goal was poetry in motion. This only touch can claim his being worth the admission fee.
Adriano on the left side did what was necessary. Actually all four gave the front six the platform from which to go on and provide Barcelona’s best team performance for the La Liga season so far.
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