New Barcelona manager Quique Setién has confessed he was pleased with his side's 1-0 win over Granada as he saw plenty of things which he wants from his team.
Barcelona were overwhelmingly dominant against their opponents, but were made to wait until the 76th minute for their breakthrough. Unsurprisingly, it was Lionel Messi who fired La Blaugrana to victory.
Speaking after the game (via Marca), Setién confessed that it was a positive start to life as Barcelona manager, but there are still ways for his side to improve in the future.
"I think it was a 'good'," Setién said when asked to describe the team's performance. "Maybe we lacked a bit of conviction in the first half. Granada defended very well, and it wasn't easy.
"Furthermore, it was an unpleasant day, with wind, a dry pitch, and this stopped the circulation [of the ball].
"I'm happy because we only conceded one shot in the first half and the shot that hit the post in the second half came from our loss [of possession]. I think we did a lot of things well and I hope that little by little we pick up fluency and improve in front of goal."
While he would have obviously liked more goals from his team, Setién will have been delighted with his team's style of play. They finished with 1,005 passes during the game, with the club noted on their official website was the highest tally they had managed all season.
They also finished with 82.6% possession, which was the highest Barcelona have recorded since Pep Guardiola's days at the club. Guardiola's Barcelona managed 84% against Levante in May 2011, and Setién came close to matching that in his first game.
Sergio Busquets led the team with 157 passes (145 of which were completed), while Samuel Umtiti and Messi both enjoyed huge increases in their passing averages.
One of the biggest highlights from the game was the involvement of 20-year-old Riqui Puig, who failed to make a single appearance under former boss Ernesto Valverde this season. The Spaniard looked composed during his 20-minute cameo and has been tipped to be starting games in the near future.
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