Barça v Granada: the stats

L'instant del gol de Xavi contra el Granada. FOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS-FCB.
In the end it was a narrow, hard-fought win but the match stats tell a very different story in terms of chances and possession

– With five wins in five matches, Barça are just one more victory away from equalling the best ever start to a league campaign.

Cesc Fabregas is the only outfield player who has started all five league matches.

– Barça produced 20 shots (13 on target), while Granada lo had just 6 (3 on target).

– Barça had 70% of the possession.

– Barça players made 701 passes, compared to 182 from Granada.

Xavi Hernandez, who was on the pitch for just 41 minutes, completed 62 passes, almost three times as many as the best Granada player (Orellana, with 22).

– The two Barça central defenders, Alex Song and Javier Mascherano, topped the ranking of balls recovered, with 13 and 12 respectively.

David Villa made his first appearance in the starting line-up since picking up a serious injury last December.