Barça 1-2 Granada: Opportunity missed - FC Barcelona
Leo Messi’s fantastic opener was cancelled out by second-half strikes from Darwin Machís and Jorge Molina as Barça suffered an unexpected defeat
Ronald Koeman unhappy with his red card: "I want to know what words I've used to disrespect him" - Football Espana
Barcelona faced Granada at Camp Nou this evening with the chance to go top of La Liga with a win. The Blaugrana went into the game a point clear of fourth-placed Sevilla, level with second-placed Real Madrid and two behind Atletico Madrid, with a game in hand on all three. Victory this evening would have been a big step toward the title for Ronald Koeman’s men, only for Granada to spoil the party with a shock 2-1 win.
Frenkie de Jong: "We're very sad at the moment" - Football Espana
“We’re very sad at the moment,” Frenkie de Jong said post-game in comments carried by Marca. “It’s normal, and tomorrow will be the same. Then, we have to get up and continue to fight until the end. We have to keep working. In the first half we were good, and we continued to try to create danger in the second half, but it was difficult. They defended very well, and twice they shot, twice they scored.”
Barcelona aiming for 25,000 fans for Atletico Madrid clash - Football Espana
It is a clash that could go a long way to deciding this season’s La Liga title and it could be played in front of 25,000 fans. Barcelona want their home game against Atletico Madrid this month to have a capacity of 25,000 – a quarter of the full capacity of their Camp Nou stadium.
Xabi Alonso: "The game at Camp Nou that we lost 5-0, that was the worst night I've ever lived on a football field" - Football Espana
Xabi Alonso appeared on his former Liverpool teammate Jamie Carragher’s podcast this Thursday afternoon to reminisce on his life and career. The Basque discussed his time at Liverpool as well as with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, not to mention his time on international duty with La Roja.
'What a character' - Why Koeman was sent off against Granada - SPORT
"After being warned about his observations, he again approached the fourth official saying the following: 'What a character.'" That is why González Fuertes sent Ronald Koeman off in the second half of Barcelona's 2-1 defeat to Granada on Thursday at Camp Nou.
Jordi Alba: This is a big blow, we must win our final five games now - SPORT
Barcelona defender Jordi Alba admitted the Blaugrana wasted a golden opportunity to go top of La Liga by losing to Granada on Thursday. "It's a s--- day," he said. "We tried until the end, but we weren't clinical. It was a unique opportunity to go top and now we don't depend on ourselves anymore.”
Luis Suarez tells Lionel Messi he shouldn't leave Barcelona - SPORT
Luis Suarez gave an interview to TV3, where he spoke about the future of Lionel Messi. The Atletico Madrid striker is a great friend of the Barcelona captain. “If Messi asked me as a friend, I would tell him I don’t see him anywhere other than Barca, it wouldn’t be good for him,” said Suarez. “He has to take the decision himself.”