Welcome to this Barça, a Russian roulette. We had seen it last season, for example, but this campaign it is being particularly dramatic. And this game was certainly particularly dramatic. We deserved to be leading in the first half, then conceded. Then it was 2-0. Then, when we seemed dead, we managed two late goals. And in the fourth extra time of 2021, another thriller.
It’s in these moments when the best players must step up. And Antoine Griezmann undoubtedly is one of them. After being the man behind our two earlier goals, he gave us the lead for the 2-3. That’s what he was signed for. A lead that should have been definitive, but it wasn’t…Penalty for Granada and more drama with the 3-3.
Lionel Messi’s value today outside the box was unbelievable and only Aaron prevented him from getting on the scoresheet. Fair enough, since Frenkie de Jong was there to pounce on any half chance. How he turned around and went desperately for the rebound was extraordinary. He believed more than the defender, he showed his instincts and new eye for goal. He is a 9.
And to kill the game off, the Griezmann — Jordi Alba connection exchanged roles. Brilliant assist from the Frenchman, brilliant volley from the Catalan. Big thank you to both, and to everyone. Barcelona urgently needed a night like this one, a rush of positivism and energy even when it felt it was over for us. Crazy. Semis, here we come!