Barcelona were pretty down as a team after the Granada defeat and defender Martin Montoya told the club’s website that the team is “pretty screwed up, mentally”.
Although Messi was on the pitch, it was as if he was absent. This loss at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes just culminates another week of heartache for Barça and comes days after losing the quarter final second leg to Atlético Madrid in the Champions League.
Yacine Brahimi’s 16th-minute strike for Granada was enough to dent Barcelona’s title hopes whilst earning the Andalusian side some much needed points in their own particular survival race.
Barcelona dominated the game, too but couldn’t find a way through to at least even the score. After the match, defender Montoya acknowledged that the team was hurting and spoke to the club’s official website:
“Mentally we’re pretty screwed up.” “We could have won but we couldn’t capitalise on our chances. We gave it our all but in the end it wasn’t possible.”
“We will fight for the league until the end, we still have games left and hopefully our rivals lose points.”
“I ask the fans to support us on Wednesday (against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final). We want to dedicate a victory to them.”
Andres Iniesta went on to suggest that the Catalan giants are taking backward steps at the moment.
“Sometimes it’s hard to find an explanation, we did everything we could to score,” he said.
“It’s a step backward. We made a mistake in the play that led to their goal and that really hurt us.
Meanwhile Barça’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has insisted the club will fight to retain the title until the very last moment.
According to AS, Zubizaretta predicted Barcelona wouldn’t give up on the League, despite dropping to third place and four points behind Atletico Madrid this weekend.
“We will fight for the League until the last minute of the last game. I firmly believe we are a fighting team and we won’t surrender,” said Zubizaretta to Spanish TV.