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Barca braced for Granada test

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Messi was undone by the keeper last week, and doesn't want a repeat performance. (©GettyImages)
Messi was undone by the keeper last week, and doesn't want a repeat performance. (©GettyImages).

Pep Guardiola is refusing to believe the hype surrounding Barcelona being overwhelming favourites to beat Granada this weekend, with the manager insisting that the Catalan giants will be tested when the two face off.

Barca drew with Sevilla 0-0 last weekend, after Lionel Messi had a penalty saved in the 94th minute by keeper Javi Varas, and the side are looking to bounce back and complete a convincing win as they travel to southern Spain.


 

And Guardiola is certainly not taking the match lightly, insisting that Barcelona will be covering all bases as they attempt to take three points.

"Granada are brave, willing to take risks and very dynamic. A number of their bad results haven’t been deserved at all," Guardiola told reporters.

"We think we will be in for a different game than we had against Sevilla. It'll be a good test for us. We have put in a lot of effort in a short time and we'll have to see how we respond.

"If all the draws and defeats we have had get the same response from them, there will be no problem. There is still a long way to go in the league as there are still 90 points to play for."

Barcelona are currently third in the La Liga table, one point behind rivals Real Madrid and two points behind surprise leaders Levante.

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