FC Barcelona v Granada: Match preview
Andres Iniesta is hopeful that the addition of Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal will help to carry Barcelona to glory this season.
Turan and Vidal finally made their long-awaited debuts on Wednesday in the rather ill-tempered 4-1 win over Espanyol in the Copa del Rey tournament.
Turan and Vidal are now in contention to make also their league bows in Saturday’s home game against Granada.
Iniesta is positive that the new arrivals will help Barcelona add more silverware to their already crammed trophy cabinet.
FC Barcelona may already have one foot in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey following their comprehensive win over Espanyol, but unfortunately they are still not reaching their intended objectives in the Primera Division.
Turan’s ambitions match precisely those of the current European champions, who are hopeful to become the first team in order to retain the Champions League this season as well.
“The second years are always the hardest, but the motivation is to do what no one has done before,” the Turkish midfielder told Catalunya Radio.
Granada can only dream of reaching such heights. The Andalucian club are now 17th in the Primera Division and were disappontingly beaten 4-0 by Valencia in the Copa del Rey just this week.
Jose Ramon Sandoval candidly admits there are easier opponents to face following a drubbing, but the Granada manager is not also expecting his team to roll over at the Nou Camp today.
He told a press conference, according to the official club website: “Now we go to the Camp Nou and we know it will be a difficult game because they always have the ball, but my team will always try prove themselves.”
Sandoval could also hand a surprise recall to Thievy Bifouma, the talented Congolese striker who was asked to train on his own at the beginning of last month after having a falling out with the Granada boss.
But the Espanyol loanee began training with the first team again following the defeat to Valencia and could now feature in Saturday’s game at the Nou Camp.