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Ronald Koeman’s FC Barcelona scored a point against Granada on the fifth day of LaLiga after Ronald Araujo came to the rescue with a goal in the final minutes of the match. The Andalusians took the lead and interrupted the game constantly, something that the Dutch coach decided to alleviate by hanging balls in the area.
The Catalans, who avoided the second consecutive defeat in the closing stages of the match, made up to 54 centers to the area during the match, the second highest number since the 2005/06 season. Only by the hand of Luis Enrique they exceeded fifty (55), in a match against Malaga in November 2016.
54 – @FCBarcelona_es have made 54 centers to the area against @GranadaCdeF, the second highest number for the Blaugrana team in a LaLiga match since 2005/06 (55 vs Málaga in November 2016). Bombing. pic.twitter.com/6MvPDtqHWt
– OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 20, 2021
The Catalans tried to tear down the Nasrid wall through players like Luuk De Jong, Ronald Araujo and, ultimately, Gerard Piqué., which came out as an offensive reference in the final stretch of the crash. A new setback against Granada, as happened last season at the end of the course, has set off the alarms in culé code: the team does not win and has lost its identity.
Center to the area, something unusual
The arrival of a player like Luuk De Jong on the last market day opened the debate on whether or not his profile fit the club’s idiosyncrasy.: a player who specializes in the shot, with a great aerial game and little handling of the ball. The Dutchman lived his first minutes last night as a lifeguard for the team: he entered to enhance the centers to the area and unravel the defensive framework of Robert Moreno’s team.
The draw and the change in tactical strategy come at a critical moment: Ronald Koeman is one of the main points of the bad game of the team and the painful defeat at the hands of Bayern in the Champions League. Its continuity is not clear and from the sports direction they already seem to be working on possible solutions to this situation.