‘What Barcelona is this?’: Spanish papers lament ‘appalling’ performance from Ronald Koeman’s men in home draw against Granada… as the Catalan giants are accused of ‘giving up’ on their famous possession-based style

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  • Barcelona saved a point against Granada thanks to Ronald Araujo’s header
  • Uruguay equalized in the 90th minute after Domingos Duarte’s opener
  • Boss Ronald Koeman was forced to defend the Catalan side’s straightforward style of play
  • But Spanish newspapers have criticized Monday night’s attitude and performance

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The Spanish press criticized Barcelona’s ‘frightening’ performance and their tactical style in their draw against Granada at the Nou Camp, adding pressure to under-fire boss Ronald Koeman.

The Catalan giants needed a 90th-minute draw from defender Ronaldo Araujo to save a point on home soil after Domingos Duarte gave Andalusian the lead within two minutes.

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The result was not the only aspect of Barcelona’s performance that faced criticism, with Koeman defending his side’s straight style, with centre-back Gerard Pique playing alongside Luc de Jong.

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The Spanish press has criticized Barcelona’s ‘horrendous’ performance in their draw against Granada

The Catalan giants needed a 90th-minute header from Ronald Araujo to save a point

The Catalan giants needed a 90th-minute header from Ronald Araujo to save a point

'What is this Barcelona?': Marca criticizes Barcelona's 'horrendous' performance at Camp Nou

‘What is this Barcelona?’: Marca criticizes Barcelona’s ‘horrendous’ performance at Camp Nou

This was a notable difference from the possession-based style the club is associated with, and MARCA in particular was left stunned by the tactics employed by under-fire boss Koeman.

MARCA ran with the title: ‘What is this Barcelona?’, terming their performance as ‘horrific’.

He also accused Barcelona of ‘abandoning’ their traditional possession-based dominant playing style, which has brought the club so much success.

Catalan-based newspaper SPORT went with a somewhat more positive headline, praising centre-back Araujo’s performance, labeling him as a ‘hero’ and ‘major man of the night’.

'Hero Araujo': Sport praises defender as he equalized to save his side from defeat

‘Hero Araujo’: Sport praises defender as he equalized to save his side from defeat

Uruguay nodded 17-year-old midfielder Gavi’s cross to save Catalan’s team from an ’embarrassing’ defeat, but he also admitted that ‘their tiki-taka days are over’.

Equally worrying was the fact that Barcelona once again ‘demonstrated their impotence and lack of resources’ against Granada.

Although former midfielders Xavi, Andrea Pirlo, Antonio Conte and former Derby boss Philippe Cuckoo are reportedly being linked with jobs in Spain, the Dutchman is under increasing pressure as manager.

But when asked how he thought the outcome might affect his chances of staying in the job, Koeman said: ‘I’m not going to talk any more about my future.’

He also suggested that it is impossible to play with the players any other way than with the more direct approach they have adopted on Monday evening.

The draw put the pressure on Ronald Koeman, who defended his side's straight style

The draw put the pressure on Ronald Koeman, who defended his side’s straight style

‘If you look at the team list today, do you really think we can play tiki-taki?’ He told reporters.

‘Barca are not the Barca of eight years ago. We play like Barca but we don’t have the pace in wide areas because we have [Philippe] Coutinho who bites from the inside and [Yusuf] Demir Joe doesn’t reach the byline much.

‘When Anu Fati and’ [Ousmane] We will be different when Dembele comes back but he is not fit so we have to find alternatives.

Barcelona are now seventh in LaLiga, two points behind Real Sociedad in fourth and five points behind leaders Real Madrid.

Koman’s team will now be looking for their first win since defeating Getafe at the end of last month when they visit Cadiz next Thursday.

Barcelona are now seventh in LaLiga after a disappointing draw against Andalusian

Barcelona are now seventh in LaLiga after a disappointing draw against Andalusian

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