BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Still new and finding his way, Barcelona coach Quique Setién has already had to rely on some timely goals to avoid embarrassing losses.
Lionel Messi scored in the 76th minute to give Barcelona a 1-0 win over Granada in the Spanish league in Setién’s debut on Sunday. With Messi resting three days later, the team needed a pair of late goals from Antoine Griezmann to better third-tier club Ibiza 2-1 in the Copa del Rey.
Given the difficulties against more accessible rivals, Barcelona now faces what appears to be a truly tough test at Valencia in the league on Saturday.
Setién was hired last week to replace Ernesto Valverde in the Catalan club’s first mid-season