More dynamic in circulation and much more interested in possession. This is how Barça de Quique Setién appeared, who failed to define until the 76th minute with a goal from Messi when he played with numerical superiority for the expulsion of Germán Sánchez.
Ter Stegen, 6
With the team monopolizing the ball, he did not have to intervene in the entire first half. Nor in the second, when he did not divert a long distance howitzer from Eteki that crashed at the base of his right stick.
Sergi Roberto, 5
Luis Enrique discovered him as a right back and Setién has kept him in this demarcation, in which he starred in a conventional performance, although more attentive in defensive tasks than in previous occasions
Very responsible as leader of a defense that has returned to advance meters, was impeccable in the exit of the ball and careful in the corrections and the exits of position. Much more comfortable when you do not have to work on backlash from the opponent.
Correct placement and good technical endowment, although physically limited when it intends to provide a plus. In this sense, he lost a ball about half an hour in which the only shot, deflected, of Granada in the first half.
Jordi Alba, 6
Setién boosted his attacking profile and practically fixed it as an extreme on the left, where he starred in numerous and promising raids to the bottom line, with passes back that Ansu Fati or Messi failed to transform. He suffered a heavy stomp of Gonalons that left him in pain for several minutes. In the second part, receiving static balls had difficulties to overflow.
Very empowered in his role, he energized the circulation by playing one or two touches frequently. He secured possession and deployed resources that he does not usually use frequently, such as a long-distance shot or a decisive pass that Messi could not control.
Unlike Valverde, Setién does not value his positional anarchy, a source of surprises for adversaries, and the Chilean acclimatized to his new function as an orderly and responsible interior. But the character is the character: a recovery of his provoked the first great opportunity of the first part, and granted the spur pass that Messi turned into the goal.
Bureaucratic, without large gaps and without extraordinary successes. The Croatian starred in a topical function and only left the flat script to attempt a long-distance shot in the second half. He ended up replaced by Riqui Puig.
Ansu Fati, 5
Open on the right side, it was dynamic and starred in several individual plays, such as an initial shot that Rui Silva was able to stop. At the end of the first part he improperly managed a leaked Messi pass and began his decline. He lost participation in the second act and left the post to Carles Pérez.
Very active at the beginning of an era, he tried more shots than ever, but most escaped slightly deviated or found themselves with good interventions Rui Silva. In addition, he starred in various individualities. The prize was granted by Vidal, with a pass in the front that the Argentine turned into the goal of victory.
Located on the left, as usual, he won the first ovation for a performance in the Barca rearguard and continued to maintain a good defensive attitude. He offered continuously between the lines to create dysfunctions in the defensive fabric of Granada. Two attempts from inside the area in the second part: one stopped by Rui Silva and another crashed on the side of the net.
Riqui Puig, 6
He debuted in the League this season and took advantage of his 20 minutes with a decisive intervention. It was he who pressed Granada in the construction phase and recovered the ball that Messi ended up hosting in the Rui Silva network. Later he starred in excellent driving, with assignment to Griezmann, who fired wide. A dangerous loss in the added time could ruin his convincing performance.
Carles Pérez, s.c.
Substitute for Ansu Fati, he showed enthusiasm and tried to be incisive at the right end.
He reappeared as a substitute for Vidal after almost two months of competitive inactivity.