The Setien era gets off to a winning start. Barcelona go back to the top of La Liga with a 1-0 win over Granada. They dominated the match in terms of possession, but had to wait for the breakthrough. It came through Messi. Setien will be pleased with a lot of what he saw from his new team.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
FC Barcelona - Granada CF
Liga - 19 January 2020
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Barcelona 1-0 Granada
Barcelona have slipped a little deeper here. Old habits die hard. They are protecting what they have while Setien will surely want them to go for the kill going forward into the future.
There will be three minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
This has been an excellent cameo from Puig. The young midfielder has given Barcelona what they needed to break down this stubborn Granada backline. We will be seeing more of him.
This result will see Barcelona return to the top of La Liga, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference alone. The capital club won their home match against Sevilla yesterday afternoon.
PICTURE: Messi's goal looks likely to give Barca the win.
- OffArturo VidalFC Barcelona
- OnArthurFC Barcelona
Here's confirmation of Barcelona's last change. One suspects Setien might be a fan of Arthur once he is fully fit again.
They have yet to come through our system yet, but I can assure you that Perez and Arthur have come on for Barcelona. The Catalans are in full control of this match, as they have been for the majority.
Sanchez really didn't help his side by foolishly getting sent off. Until that moment Granada had looked relatively comfortable, but they just couldn't keep Barcelona out with 10 men.
That Barcelona goal was a thing of beauty and really demonstrated what Setien wants from his new team. You're going to see a lot more intricate football between now and the end of the season.
Messi is denied a second! The Barcelona number 10 might have doubled his team's advantage with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box, but Silva makes the save to deny him.
I guess that goal vindicates the decision from Setien to replace Rakitic with Puig. The youngster was absolutely key to the scoring of that goal. They need him to deploy the high press.
- GoalLionel MessiFC Barcelona
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Barcelona 1 (76 mins - Lionel Messi) Granada 0. At long, long last Barcelona have taken the lead! The Setien era is up and running at the Camp Nou! Puig won the ball high up the pitch, there was then a wonderful passing move between Busquets, Vidal and Messi and the former passed into the back of the net. What a goal!
Barcelona's best option looks to be out wide. They are finding space when the ball is played out to Alba, but they look intent on playing their way right through the centre of the pitch.
They might have the man advantage following the sending off of Sanchez, but time is ticking away for Barcelona. Failure to claim three points here would really put a dampener on things.
- OffIvan RakiticFC Barcelona
- OnRiqui PuigFC Barcelona
Here he comes. Puig comes on for Barcelona and the youngster replaces Rakitic.
That could prove to be a real turning point in this match. Just as Granada were starting to show some ambition, they will face a backs-to-the-wall job in the final 20 minutes. Down to 10 men.
- Red cardGerman SanchezGranada CF
SENT OFF! Granada have been reduced to 10 men. Sanchez has been shown a second yellow card. He hacked down Messi and the away side have shot themselves in the foot here.
Griezmann denied! That chance for Granada looks to have jolted Barcelona into life, but Silva makes the save from Griezmann to keep the scoreline level. This has turned into an interesting duel.
Off the inside of the post! That's the closest we have come to a goal! Eteki takes aim from 20 yards out, he beats Ter Stegen with the low drive, but the powerful shot comes back off the inside of the post!
We're still waiting for a first change from Setien. He does have options on the bench. Arthur and Puig have been warming up for about 10 minutes now. Will they come on for the final 20 minutes?
- OffÁlvaro VadilloGranada CF
- OnAntonio PuertasGranada CF
Granada make a second change and it's Vadillo who comes off to be replaced by Puertas.
It should be noted that Barcelona have had just four training sessions under Setien. This is more like what the fans want, but you can see that they are still a work-in-progress under the new manager.
MESSI... deflected wide! A freekick on the edge of the Granada box was given the big build up, but this one is deflected wide for a corner kick off the shoulder of Duarte, who stood up tall.
- Yellow cardGerman SanchezGranada CF
Sanchez is shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Vidal. No complaints about that.
Puig has been sent to go warm up by Setien. Could we see the young midfielder introduced soon? A lot is expected of him at the Camp Nou and Setien is believed to be a fan.
PICTURE: Still waiting for the breakthrough on his Barca bow...
Vidal was widely seen as the embodiment of Valverde's time in charge of Barcelona. You can see his technical limitations tonight. The Chilean looks somewhat out of his depth.
- OffRamon AzeezGranada CF
- OnYangel HerreraGranada CF
Granada make their first change of the match and Herrera, on loan from Man City, comes on.
It feels like Barcelona are no longer trying to walk the ball into the back of the net as was perhaps the case in the first half. They are showing a willingness to shoot from the edge of the box.
Crucial intervention! Barcelona opened up the Granada defence with Vidal getting a cross into the middle. However, Diaz makes the clearance to prevent the ball from reaching Griezmann.
Barcelona are maybe missing Suarez this evening. The Uruguayan striker has been ruled out for the next three to four months and so we will likely see more of Ansu over the next little while.
Messi picked a pass in behind for Ansu. The defensive line from Granada was a messy one, but the teenager didn't hold his run and the flag was rightly raised for offside. Wasteful.
Just wide! Messi took the pass from Ansu and then used the defender as a guide to bend a left-footed shot around. The bounce could have been problematic for Silva, but it goes wide of the far post.
Alba fails to control a pass player over his shoulder and a groan goes around the Camp Nou. Frustration is just starting to bubble to the surface. Barcelona probably deserve to be ahead.
Granada are actually enjoying their best spell of the match at the start of this second half. They are making more of an effort to send more players forward. This is better from the visitors.
The midfield unit has worked fine for Barcelona, but they are lacking an Iniesta-type figure, someone to pick the final pass. Could de Jong play that role for the Catalans in time?
Setien will be pleased with how Barcelona have controlled this match so far. However, they haven't created much in the way of goalscoring opportunities. That will have to change.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! It's still goalless between Barcelona and Granada in this La Liga fixture.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Barcelona 0-0 Granada. The Catalans have dominated, the have claimed more than 80% of the first half possession, but they are yet to find the breakthrough against stubborn opposition.
MESSI... into the side netting! Half of the Camp Nou thought that was in the back of the net, but Messi could only find the side netting after being set up for the first time shot by Alba. What a connection those two have.
What will Setien tell his players at the half time interval? Will he be pleased with what he has seen in this first half? Or will he want to make some changes? Barcelona are well on top.
Granada will be pleased with how they have played in this first half. They have played the role of party poopers rather well, with Barcelona struggling to break down the stubborn visitors.
Ansu was released in behind the Granada defence, but didn't seem to know what to do. In hindsight, he should have taken on the shot himself, but had his pass into the middle cut out by Sanchez.
PICTURE: Griezmann is playing out left for Barca tonight.
It's possible that we're already seeing the limitations of Barcelona at the moment. They started at a great pace, but have slowed in the last 10 minutes or so. Are they not fit enough to play this way?
The early signs are that Setien wants Barcelona to use Alba in much the same way they did Alves for a number of years. He is the fourth member in the 3-4-3 shape they are deploying.
Most of Barcelona's goalscoring chances have come through Ansu. The teenager has been the one who has been able to open up space by dribbling past Granada defenders.
One of the reasons that Setien has likely favoured Umtiti over Lenglet is that the new Barcelona managers likes to play a high line and the former has more pace than the latter.
It's all Barcelona in terms of possession at the moment. This is what we were told to expect of Setien. This is the sort of thing Barca fans wanted to see from their team again.
Fernandez takes aim! That was ambitious to say the least from the Granada frontman, taking on the shot from about 25 yards out from goal, but the ball flashes wide of the far post.
PICTURE: Messi has been at the centre of Barca's first half play.
Granada are getting numbers back and they are doing a decent job of keeping their organisation and plugging the gaps in defence. This will take great fitness and concentration.
Much was made of Setien's immediate decision upon being named the new Barcelona manager to call up Puig to the senior squad. He is on the bench for the Catalans this evening.
There's another Messi freekick 20 yards out and this time the Barcelona number 10 strikes the top of the wall and Granada survive. The little man is just setting his sights this early on.
It feels like only a matter of time before Barcelona open the scoring here. They have been in complete control since the first whistle, although they haven't created all that much.
Across the face of goal! That's the closest Barcelona have come to breaking the deadlock. It was a lovely pass in behind from Griezmann, but Ansu couldn't connect with Alba's pass across the face.
Rakitic and Vidal look a little out of their depth in this first half. They are struggling somewhat with the intensity and pace of Barcelona's passing. Surely Setien will favour Arthur and de Jong when they are back?
PICTURE: The new man in the Camp Nou dugout.
Messi! And then Vidal! The Barelona number 10 dribbles into the box, but then has a low shot blocked. He then cuts it back for Vidal from the byline, but the Chilean's shot is straight at Silva.
Of course, it should be mentioned that Granada have already beaten Barcelona this season, winning 2-0 at home. However, playing at the Camp Nou is a completely different challenge.
Over the wall! That was a chance for Messi to test Silva in the Granada goal, but the Argentine puts his freekick from just over 20 yards out over the crossbar. That was just a sighter.
- Yellow cardDarwin MachisGranada CF
Machis becomes the first player to be shown a yellow card, bringing down Messi.
Messi is playing in a very central position and that means he is involving himself in lots of Barcelona's attacking play. The Argentine would often put himself out wide or deep under Valverde.
Good Barca move! Another opportunity for the hosts. This time Messi, Alba and Ansu link up with the former taking the shot on the stretch inside the box, but he scoops the ball over the bar.
Busquets is already seeing more of the ball than he ever did under Valverde. Pique and Umtiti are looking for the midfielder at every opportunity and it's up to him to spin it forward.
Setien might be a good fit for Barcelona in terms of his ideas on how the game should be played, but it's a big jump from being a relative success at Las Palmas and Real Betis to this.
One of the big calls Setien has made is favouring Umtiti over Lenglet. The French defender started his Barcelona career well, but has struggled for form and fitness over the past 18 months.
First shot from Ansu! That was the first real opportunity of the game with Griezmann driving into space and sliding a pass into Ansu, but Silva makes the save from the teenager. Good chance.
One wonders how history will remember Valverde's time in charge of Barcelona. He won back-to-back La Liga titles, but also diluted the club's trademark ideology. Fans didn't like that.
I'm not entirely sure if Granada have had a touch of the ball in these opening five minutes. This is probably a preview of what we can expect from Barcelona under Setien.
So the initial signs are that Griezmann is playing out on the left, Ansu is out on the right and it's Messi who is through the middle, although we all know that he will drift all over the pitch.
The Setien era is under way and Barcelona are already playing passing triangles inside their own box. This will be a fascinating watch. How much has the new man in charge changed in a week?
- 1st Half
The match is under way at the Camp Nou! It's Barcelona against Granada in this La Liga fixture.
Okay, here we go. We are about to get started at the Camp Nou. Kick off is just moments away.
Will it be Griezmann or Messi who plays through the centre for Barcelona tonight in the absence of the injured Suarez?
Not long until kick off at the Camp Nou. There's great anticipation among the Barcelona supporters for this one.
Of course, there is a title race on at the top of La Liga. The pressure is on Barcelona to claim three points to keep up with the pace Real Madrid set with a 2-1 victory over Sevilla yesterday.
Ansu has been handed a starting place with Suarez out through injury. Setien has favoured Umtiti over Lenglet and there's also a place for Vidal in the Barcelona lineup from the start.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Can Granada spoil the party at the Camp Nou? How will Setien change Barcelona? Tweet me!
The start of a new era! Tonight marks Setien's first game in charge of Barcelona following the sacking of Valverde earlier in the week. A lot is expected of the former Real Betis and Las Palmas head coach at the Camp Nou.
TEAM NEWS: Barcelona - Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal, Messi, Griezmann, Ansu. /// Granada - Silva, Diaz, German, Duarte, Foulquier, Gonalons, Eteki, Azeez, Vadillo, Machis, Fernandez.
ICYMI - here is today's Euro Papers. Barcelona are being linked with a Serie A youngster!
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