Granada 0-4 Barcelona Satisfied with start to 2021
After another convincing win, Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman beloved his side have the potential to challenge for trophies come the end of the season.
Doubles from Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann gave Barcelona a 4-0 win away at Granada, a result which leaves the Blaugrana third in the LaLiga Santander table, though Atletico Madrid have three games in hand and are four points ahead.
“[Winning titles] doesn’t depend on just one player,” Koeman told the press. “It depends on the mentality of the team.
“If everyone is well and in their best form, they can fight [for titles]. With the gap to the leaders, it’ll be difficult, but this week we have played well which gives me confidence.”
Messi was again Barcelona‘s talisman and bagged a brilliant freekick as the captain once again inspired his team.
“Barcelona need Leo,” Koeman stated. “Because of his important and effectiveness. We need him to fight for titles.
“Thanks to the lead we were able to take him off. Messi tries his best for the team and lately he has been doing very well, very effective.
“Like the rest of the team, the start of the season was poor, but he has always been motivated. Now he is scoring more, but he has always been involved.”
When quizzed on why Barcelona have started 2021 in such great fashion, Koeman was clear on the improvements.
“We are calmer,” Koeman said. “And are concentrating more. But we have to be humble and keep working.