Barcelona 1-1 Granada: Ronald Araujo’s Late goal saves Koeman’s blushes | La Liga 2021-22

Ronald Araujo of Barcelona against Valencia
Ronald Araujo of Barcelona against Valencia - IMAGO / AFLOSPORT

Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw against Granada in the Spanish La Liga earlier tonight.

A 90th-minute equaliser from defender Araujo saved the blushes for the Catalan giants and they managed to come away with a point from a game they should have won, especially at home.

Here at Anytime football, we look at the three major talking points from tonight’s contest.

Ineffective attacking options

Ronald Koeman’s side have been toothless in the attack ever since the departure of Lionel Messi and the signings of Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero have not helped.

Although the Argentine striker is currently sidelined with an injury, the Spanish outfit should have done a lot better going forward with the kind of options they have at their disposal.

The likes of Demir, Depay and Coutinho struggled to link up effectively and they were lacking in cohesion throughout the game.

Barcelona were so poor going forward tonight they had to use defender Gerard Pique as their striker towards the end of the game.

Faltering title challenge

Barcelona are currently 7th in the La Liga table with just two wins from four league games and they find themselves five points adrift of league leaders Real Madrid.

A club of their stature will be expected to challenge for the league title and it seems that a championship win might be beyond them this season.

Barcelona failed to win the league title last year as well and it seems that they might lose out to another capital club this year.

 Future of Ronald Koeman

The Dutchman is under increased pressure after a poor start to the season and it will be interesting to see if he can survive over the coming months.

There have been rumours that the club hierarchy want him gone after he failed to impress as the manager of the Spanish club and Barcelona’s current position in the table will only worsen things for the former Everton manager.