Desperately attempting to interrupt by the Granada protection, Barcelona despatched greater than 50 crosses into the world in its seek for a purpose.
There was none of Barcelona’s well-known “tiki taka” — passing the ball round patiently till discovering the fitting area close to the opponents’ purpose — towards Granada within the Spanish league on Monday.
Central defenders Gerard Piqué and Ronald Araújo even performed the ultimate minutes as strikers, with little tactical group on show because the crew pressed ahead to attempt to keep away from defeat. Barcelona salvaged some extent because of a Ninetieth-minute equalizer by Araújo.
The crew was jeered by most of the 27,000 followers at Camp Nou Stadium after the ultimate whistle, and it did not take lengthy earlier than critics began to assault coach Ronald Koeman for relinquishing the membership’s conventional passing recreation. “What kind of Barcelona is this?” learn the front-page headline of the sports activities each day Marca.
The 54 crosses made on Monday had been the second highest for Barcelona in a league recreation since no less than 2005-06, in accordance with stats by OptaJose. That was the primary full season with the primary crew for Lionel Messi, the commander of the tiki-taka type for practically twenty years.
“Barcelona is not what it used to be eight years ago,” stated Koeman, who has change into more and more beneath stress on the helm of the Catalan membership.
Monday’s draw got here lower than every week after Barcelona endured a demoralizing 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich at Camp Nou to start its marketing campaign within the Champions League.
Koeman stated “tiki taki,” as he referred to as it within the information convention after the sport towards Granada, was not accomplished but. But he argued he cannot get his crew to play that approach when a number of gamers are injured and out of motion.
“It depends on the players we have available. Look at the squad list we had. We did what we could do. There were no players for the tiki taki,” he stated. “We want to play our style, but if a match requires a change, we have to make that change. If we have to make crosses, so be it.”
Koeman stated he has to improvise as a result of he’s lacking some key gamers who may very well be serving to with their particular person expertise, together with Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembélé.
“With Ansu and Dembélé in the team, things are different,” he stated. “But they are not available and we have to find alternatives.”
Among the opposite gamers at present nursing accidents are Jordi Alba — one other veteran used to the tiki-taka — and teenager Pedri González.
Koeman stated after the loss to Bayern that Barcelona is going through a brand new actuality following Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain. The coach has been utilizing a number of children within the squad, with 17-year-old Gavi once more making an look on Monday and establishing Araújo’s last-minute equalizer. Yusuf Demir, 18, was a starter at Camp Nou.
The draw towards winless Granada left Barcelona in seventh place, 5 factors behind chief Real Madrid with a recreation in hand. Barcelona’s subsequent league match is on Thursday at Cádiz.