Barcelona keen to close the gap

Following last week’s stunning home defeat by Malaga, a result which broke an eleven-game winning run, Luis Enrique’s side responded by beating Manchester City 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League tie in Manchester on Tuesday.

On Saturday they will face a side with just one win under their belts in 15, but on the eve of the game Enrique rejected the idea that it will be an easy three points for Barcelona. ????

“Sometimes a tough game turns out to be not so difficult. And sometimes it’s the other way round,” Enrique said

“We expect to meet opposition in desperate need of points and they will make things difficult for us. They have done the same to us during the past few seasons.

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Barcelona have won six of the last seven meetings between the teams and at the Nou Camp in September Neymar scored a hat-trick and Messi scored twice in a 6-0 thrashing.

However, in the corresponding fixture last season, Granada won 1-0.

Gerard Pique misses the match through suspension, meaning that summer signing Mathieu is likely to step up.

Thomas Vermaelen remains in the recovery room, while Saturday???s clash comes too early for Douglas.

Granada are seriously struggling and will be missing some key players with top scorer Youssuf El Arabi as well as new signing Adrian Colunga both suspended after receiving red cards in their disastrous late defeat at Levante on Monday.