Barcelona loss at Granada seals worst start in 25 years
Barcelona have made their worst start to a LaLiga season for 25 years after falling to a 2-0 loss away to promoted Granada.
The Spanish champions have taken a single point from their three away games this season, failing to win any of their past seven matches on the road in all competitions.
Ramon Azeez struck in the first minute of the game with a simple finish from close range after a huge mistake by Junior. The left-back took too long on the ball and Soldado nicked the ball off his toes, sprinted forward and played a ball forward Puertas, who then chipped the ball into the box for Azeez to finish at the far post.
Fans were left waiting for Barcelona to show their claws as a disjointed team struggled to get any shots on target or even create chances, with the first half having been spent mostly defending against a solid and confident Granada.
Changes in the half time saw Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati create some occasional attacks, but Barcelona's lack of power and lack of drive shadowed their abundant talent on the field. Instead, Granada's constnat pushing and pressing was enough to force the visitants to defend constantly.
A handball by Arturo Vidal in the 63rd minute saw Granada double their lead as Alvaro Vadillo struck to condemn Barca to defeat at Nuevo Los Carmenes on Saturday, a stunning result that moved newcomers Granada top of the table on goal difference.
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Barca, meanwhile, are lagging behind in seventh spot with seven points from as many games.
However, similar troubles for Real Madrid and other elite LaLiga clubs mean they are only three points behind the leaders.
The last time they made such a poor start to a league campaign was in 1994-95, towards the end of the Dream Team era under legendary coach Johan Cruyff.
Barca finished fourth that season and exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, losing to Paris Saint-Germain.