Granada beat Barcelona 2-0 to heap pressure on Ernesto Valverde

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Ernesto Valverde is in big trouble at Barcelona.

His side went into their away clash to Granada sixth in La Liga after two wins, one draw and one defeat from their opening four fixtures.

However, with Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati on the bench, Barca were behind after just two minutes.

Junior Firpo’s mistake allowed Ramon Azeez to open the scoring for the home side - who would go top momentarily with a win.

Messi and Fati came on at half-time but they couldn’t save the day.

With 25 minutes remaining, Arturo Vidal - who had only been on the pitch himself for three minutes - conceded a penalty.

Alvaro Vadillo stepped up and sent Marc-André ter Stegen the wrong way.

And the champions just couldn't respond.

Even before the match, Valverde knew that he needed to improve the away performances of his side.

"When we are away from home, our level of effectiveness and possession decreases," he said at Friday's pre-match news conference.

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"It is costing us in that we are not getting the results we expect when playing away.

"Everything we have been doing well at home we forget to do away. We want to change this. We must be more forceful and decisive."

It seems like Valverde couldn't do anything to improve Barca's fortunes away from the Camp Nou.

Barcelona face Villarreal at the Camp Nou on Tuesday but it wouldn't be too surprising if Valverde isn't in charge by then...

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