Why Barcelona had more than 60,000 empty seats at Nou Camp for dismal Granada draw

La Liga 'lacking star player' after Messi's Barcelona exit

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Barcelona are being widely mocked on social media following their dismal 1-1 draw with Granada on Monday evening, with many taking note at the lack of fans inside the stadium, but all is not as it seems. Barcelona have one of the biggest stadiums in the world at the Nou Camp, which has often drawn in huge numbers over the years.

Part of their success in drawing a big crowd was largely due to Lionel Messi’s attraction, along with the likes of Luis Suarez and Neymar in years gone by.

Messi’s departure this summer though has hit the club hard with fans deciding to steer clear from the Nou Camp.

That was evident against Bayern Munich when the stadium was noticeably more than half empty.

But Barcelona, along with clubs all over Spain, are having to deal with a limited capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The Spanish government recently announced their plans to increase the permitted attendance for outdoor sport events to 60 per cent.

However, Spain’s minister of health Carolina Darias left the final decision with the different regions of Spain to decide whether to follow the new guidelines.

And the Catalan government have continued to limit the Nou Camp’s capacity to 30,000.

Even still, Barcelona were unable to fill that number on Monday night against Granada with little over 27,000 reported to be inside the stadium.

The few who did attend saw a dismal match as well as Ronald Koeman’s side went 1-0 down inside the opening two minutes.

There may well have only been a few thousand left inside the Nou Camp to witness Ronald Araujo’s stoppage-time equaliser.

The late goal helped save Koeman’s blushes for now, but the Barcelona boss is under increasing pressure to turn things around soon.

He faced questions over his future at Barcelona heading into the match against Granada, with the Dutchman making it clear that he remains confident of turning things around.

“There have been a lot of changes to the team, players are out injured and we’re playing a lot of youngsters,” Koeman said.

“People who know that would surely say that we’re going through a change and that you need time, but what matters is winning games.

“There were questions before playing Bayern about renewing my contract. We lose 3-0 and now the questions are if I fear for my future. I don’t think it’s normal.

“We’re confident we can win games, there’s a long way to go. I know that results count. I don’t fear for my future. At the end of the day, the club and the president make the decisions.”

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