BARCELONA – Barcelona, leader. After 42 rounds, since they drew at Sánchez Pizjuán on June 15, 2020 and were reached by Real Madrid (with the best goal average) with eight rounds left to finish the last league season, the Barça team is in a position to catapulting himself to the top of a tight classification as is not remembered at this point and that, with five days to go thereafter, can make him, without dissimulation, the favorite to win the title.
Imposing itself against a Granada that never started a positive result in its visits seems both necessary and logical for this Barça that just lost a league match of the last 22 disputed and to whom Ronald Koeman, whom almost no one refers to as a simple resource and has With his permanence assured next season, he has revitalized as could not be expected.
Around the Camp Nou people think as much or more about the four cards that threaten Lionel Messi, Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann and Óscar Mingueza with suspension than about anything else.
Defeating the Andalusian team is held non-negotiable and the gaze is focused on the next two days, considered the fundamental ones in the future of the league.
Defeat today depressive but always uncomfortable Valencia at Mestalla (without the support of its public, it trusts much less fiercely) and overcome Atlético de Madrid the next day at the stadium (who knows if with an audience in the stands) they would give Barcelona a push that is already considered definitive in this League of the miracle … Because that is how it should be considered.
The best team of this 2021 in which they have added 46 of the 51 points they have played, Barça has taken advantage of the collapse of an Atlético, letting 19 points escape and the irregularity of a Real Madrid that has yielded 13, to convert their victory to the Classic of Valdebebas in just testimonial considering the two subsequent draws (Getafe and Betis) that have made him, despite himself, just a spectator pending again, at the worst possible moment, of what Koeman’s group can do.
Barcelona has a comfortable confrontation on paper ahead of Granada, eighth in the standings, without European aspirations or stresses of permanence, and who will go to the duel with the challenge of breaking a devastating statistic: his 25 league visits to the Barça stadium ( the first five to the old Les Corts stadium and the twenty after the Camp Nou) ended in defeat.
Not a sad draw since a premiere in 1941 that ended with an incontestable 4-0 and even the Pyrrhic 1-0 (Messi goal, of course) last year has achieved the Andalusian team in Culer territory, where until today it received nothing less that 92 goals and barely scored 18, linking his last six visits without scoring.
This sad reality that accompanies Granada on their visits to Barça, together with the transcendent moment of the championship and the recovered local spirit, causes the role of favorite to be indisputably Barça, after a season that deserves to be coldly analyzed by history, which began with Messi’s burofax and can end up with a double after not a few sainetes that had an impact on all spheres of the club.