First it was Pedro “Pedri” González shining along with his assists. Then the injury-prone Dembele Ousmane earned a spot within the assault. Now the oft-maligned Antoine Griezmann is again to scoring objectives.
All in all, Barcelona is slowly displaying indicators this season won’t be a wash in any case.
Griezmann scored a brace and arrange Lionel Messi for one of many Argentine’s two objectives on Saturday to steer Barcelona to a Four-Zero win at Granada.
Barcelona’s first three-match successful run within the league beneath Ronald Koeman put it 4 factors behind chief Atlético Madrid, whose residence sport scheduled for Saturday towards Athletic Bilbao was postponed as a consequence of a blizzard that has shut down the capital and made transit virtually not possible via a lot of central Spain.
“Our state of affairs continues to be sophisticated, however the group is betting higher. We’ve got had three video games on the street and received all three,” Koeman mentioned. “We’re extra targeted from the beginning of the video games now, and once we are targeted and transfer the ball with tempo, there are few groups that may management us.”
Second-placed Actual Madrid was one level behind Atlético after being held at Osasuna to Zero-Zero in a match performed in regular snowfall and with barely any scoring possibilities for both facet.
Atlético has three extra video games to play than its prime title rivals.
TWO TIMES TWO
Griezmann received Barcelona began along with his first objective in practically a month within the 12th minute when a move by Sergio Busquets was deflected to him by a Granada defender.
Griezmann arrange Messi to double the lead with a left-footed shot from the sting of the world within the 36th.
Messi received his league-leading 11th objective within the 42nd when he drove a free kick beneath two gamers who jumped within the defensive barrier. It was his first objective from a free kick this season.
Griezmann rounded off the massive win within the 64th when he beat goalkeeper Rui Silva from a good angle after Dembele performed him clear with a lobbed move.
It was Griezmann’s first multi-goal sport in practically a 12 months.
“They weren’t getting into for me, and now they’re. I hope they preserve coming,” Griezmann mentioned.
Granada performed the final 12 minutes minus Jesús Vallejo, who was despatched off for fouling Martin Braithwaite with solely Silva to beat. Braithwaite had gone on within the 65th to provide Messi a uncommon little bit of relaxation with the sport properly in hand for the guests.
Madrid’s solely respectable likelihood to breaking down Osasuna’s disciplined protection was Marco Asensio’s shot from distance early within the second half that goalie Sergio Herrera did properly to parry.
“We can’t be completely happy as a result of we need to combat for the title and as we speak’s draw doesn’t assist,” Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos mentioned. “With the expertise now we have, now we have to create extra scoring alternatives.”
Osasuna used warmth lamps to soften snow and ice off the turf and deployed a platoon of employees to shovel the sphere earlier than the match, leaving solely a dusting of snow.
Kroos mentioned the wintry situations “will not be an excuse since each groups performed on the identical pitch.”
However Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane mentioned the match ought to have been postponed given the journey difficulties. Madrid’s aircraft was delayed for a number of hours on the capital’s airport on Friday earlier than taking off. The airport closed down shortly after and can stay shut till Sunday a minimum of.
“We have been ready yesterday (within the aircraft), and once more as we speak we needed to wait, however on the finish they determined to play,” Zidane mentioned. “We didn’t see a soccer match as we speak.
“We don’t know when we can return residence.”
EN-NESYRI HAT TRICK
Youssef En-Nesyri scored a hat trick for Sevilla to beat Actual Sociedad Three-2 in a thriller that featured 4 objectives within the opening quarter of an hour.
Sevilla drew degree on factors within the standings with Actual Sociedad, which was forward on objective distinction in fifth place. Sevilla, in sixth, additionally has three video games in hand.
En-Nesyri’s second objective within the seventh minute was the very best, a piece of magnificence. The Morocco striker dribbled previous three defenders earlier than beating the Sociedad goalkeeper with a low strike.
“This may very well be the very best sport (of my profession),” En-Nesyri mentioned after his second profession hat trick in Spain.