Granada 2-Barcelona 0
Barcelona would travel to Granada for their 5th La Liga tie of the season on Saturday.
While Lionel Messi was again on the bench, Barca still had a pretty strong squad out, that featured the likes of Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.
Despite this, Barca would come away with a 2-0 defeat, thanks to Granada goals in the 2nd and 66th minutes.
Saturday’s result meant that Barcelona were down in 8th spot heading into Sunday’s games.
Barca players losing confidence in Valverde
This season in La Liga, Barca have won just two of their five outings, drawing one and losing two.
After the Granada defeat, Luis Suarez spoke out about Barca’s worrying display, and finished by stating that it will be a long and complicated year:
“It’s a worrying defeat, and one that hurts.
“We have to take a look at a lot of things and be self-critical in order to improve moving forward.
“We’re not thinking about last season when we were champions, it’s about analysing the now. Analysing why we’re not winning away, because it’s worrying us. Analysing the lack of chances.
“We have to accept that we’re obliged to win games and we’re not doing it. There’s a long way to go [in La Liga], but these are the type of games that can give you the league. It’s going to be a long, complicated year.” As quoted by ESPN.
Now, according to ESPN, a number of Barca players have begun to lose confidence in Ernesto Valverde, following the La Liga champions’ disappointing start to the season.
The report from ESPN also claims that part of the squad has been left disappointed with their side’s performances away from home this campaign.