A leadership position 312 days later. Such is the stake this Thursday evening of the reception of Granada at Camp Nou for FC Barcelona. Because if successful, the Blaugranas will have a head start over Atlético de Madrid at the top of La Liga. An incredible scenario if we decipher more closely the season of Ronald Koeman’s men. It should not be overlooked that the latter have achieved the worst start to the season in the history of the club since the 87-88 season.
In early December after their defeat in Cadiz (1-2), Barça was worrying ninth place in the standings and was up to twelve points behind Atlético in the standings. At the time, mentioning the title seemed clearly incongruous. But that was before … Because since this setback conceded on December 5, FC Barcelona has started an exceptional comeback, winning fifteen of its last seventeen games. Or 57 points gleaned over the period.
Barça on the royal road?
Figures that highlight the crazy Catalan rise in recent weeks. On the meadow, Koeman was able to breathe new life into his team. His 3-5-2 with the tenure of Mingueza and Araujo, the advent of Ousmane Dembélé and the good health of Antoine Griezmann are notably the highlights of this return to the fore for Barça. Even the long unavailability of Gerard Piqué will not have seized the machine … Without forgetting, the sparkling Lionel Messi author of an impressive start to the year. By federating his locker room around his playing precepts, Ronald Koeman has achieved a real tour de force.
The recent success in the Copa del Rey final (4-0 against Bilbao) allowed the Blaugranas to once again taste the joys of winning a trophy. That the first beginnings of the Koeman era seem far away now … To top it off, the Catalan team has taken advantage of the drop in the Colchoneros’ power in recent weeks. Diego Simeone’s men have only won six of their last fourteen games. This Thursday evening, FC Barcelona can therefore redistribute the cards in La Liga. Before a shock on May 8 against Atlético which will be worth its weight in gold …