Urgent reaction! Spanish papers slam Barcelona after horrorshow defeat at Granada leaves them flagging in EIGHTH place in La Liga
- Barcelona slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Granada, who rise above them in the table
- Barca have managed just seven points from five games and are eighth in La Liga
- Pressure is mounting on manager Ernesto Valverde after just two wins
- Rumours are linking former midfielder and captain Xavi with the top job
The front pages of Spanish daily sport newspapers SPORT and Mundo Deportivo were damning in their assessment of Barcelona‘s performance on Saturday.
Barca suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at Granada in La Liga, with a second-minute header by Ramon Azeez and a second-half penalty by Alvaro Vadillo doing the damage.
The defeat means Barcelona find themselves in eighth position, four points off surprise early leaders Athletic Bilbao, and even now behind Granada themselves after five games.
Daily Sports Newspaper SPORT reacted to the loss with a headline of: ‘URGENT REACTION’
Mundo Deportivo ran with the headline ‘Why’ after Barcelona registered just one shot on target
Lionel Messi came on as a half-time substitute but couldn’t help Barca find a breakthrough
Spanish sports outlet SPORT ran with a headline of ‘urgent reaction’, calling for changes with Barcelona due to host Villarreal on Tuesday.
In Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona were criticised for ‘crashing when away from the Nou Camp’ and said the ghost of Anfield is still haunting them, referring to Barcelona’s capitulation to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals last season.
Summer signing Antoine Griezmann continues to struggle in front of goal for his new club
The loss to Granada follows an opening day defeat at Athletic Bilbao, and draws away at Osasuna and Borussia Dortmund in La Liga and the Champions League respectively.
Manager Ernesto Valverde is undoubtedly under pressure, with the start being Barcelona’s worst in La Liga in 25 years, and he took responsibility for Saturday’s performance.
‘In the end the actors are the players and the coach is responsible,’ he told a post-match news conference.
Valverde once again cut a forlorn figure on the sideline at Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes
‘I feel responsible for what has happened. You can lose but when you lose you have to deserve to win – and today we have not deserved it.
‘Away from home we are not reaping good results. When it happens in four games it is already a symptom that we are not too well.
‘Today we have not been well. Away from home we are not playing good games. We are dominating but we do not translate it into goal situations. It is also true that the opponent is scoring the first goal.’