A Leo Messi goal quarter-hour from time gave Quique Setien a win in his first game as coach of FC Barcelona as Barca beat Granada 1-0 within the Camp Nou Stadium on Sunday.
Barca looked on top of things against the rival that limited their options in attack, but posed few problems going forward.
Setien had a few of surprises in his first starting 11 with Samuel Umtiti starting in central defense, while Ansu Fati was given the prospect in attack within the place of Luis Suarez, who are going to be out for around four months after a knee operation.
Meanwhile Arturo Vidal started alongside Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic in midfield for the suspended Frenkie de Jong.
Setien’s teams are known for his or her possession football and Barca enjoyed 80 percent of the ball within the half , although they struggled to make clear cut chances against a well-organized Granada.
Fati poked the shock early , while Leo Messi sent a place kick over the bar after quarter-hour .
Jordi Alba was again one among Barca’s main attacking outlets and Fati should have done better from his left cross within the 21st minute, while Messi fired into the side netting following another pass from the left back on the stroke of halftime.
However, for all of their control of the ball, chances were few and much between before the break.
The last half followed an equivalent script with Barca struggling to interrupt down their hard-working rivals and therefore the best chance fell to Granada within the 65th minute when Eteki Yan Brice hit the post for Granada from outside of the world .
Things were made easier for Barca within the 69th minute when Granada defender German Sanchez, was sent off after seeing a rather harsh second yellow card.
Setien reacted by bringing young midfielder Riqui Puig on for Rakitic and Puig played a task within the start of the move that ended with Vidal back-heeling for Messi to open the scoring within the 76th minute.
Messi then drew a flying save from Rui Silva with 12 minutes left to play, while Griezmann fired into the side netting as Barca saw out the closing minutes with few problems.
The win keeps them top of the league, but fans expecting a revolution from Setien may need to attend a touch longer.
Source(s): Xinhua News Agency