Messi scores the only goal to give Setien his first win
Lionel Messi’s second-half strike against 10-man Granada gave new coach Quique Setien a winning start at Barcelona.
But it was not a convincing display by the La Liga champions.
Barcelona had more than 80% of the possession, but the build-up was often slow and ponderous at the Camp Nou.
Setien’s tactics for Barcelona’s attack was to try to go through the middle of the backline.
But more often than not they were suffocated by a well-drilled defence.
Lionel Messi was often crowded out by a disciplined Granada defence.
That defence lost a man when German Sanchez was shown a second yellow in the 69th minute for a foul on Messi.
And seven minutes later Barcelona were ahead.
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The home side persisted with the tactic of going through the middle as the Argentine linked up with Antoine Griezmann.
He found Arturo Vidal, whose back pass teed up Messi to strike home.
The win puts them back on top of La Liga – ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.
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Setien celebrated enthusiastically after the goal and on the final whistle.
Six days after replacing Ernesto Valverde at the Catalan club.
The 61-year-old, who signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, had been out of work since he left Real Betis in the summer.
He enhanced his reputation at the Seville side by leading them to sixth place and qualification for the Europa League.