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by 21/04/2017 19:52:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Ganso got Sevilla off to a great start on Friday night when he scored early on
  • The Brazilian doubled his tally a minute after half-time as Sevilla dominated 
  • Tony Adams attempted to motivate his players but they didn't respond 

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 22:07 BST, 21 April 2017 | Updated: 00:52 BST, 22 April 2017

Tony Adams' Granada could be ten points from safety with just five games left by the end of the weekend after his second match in charge ended in 2-0 defeat to Sevilla.

At the end of this game Granada supporters unfurled a huge 'We will return' banner - they have already accepted their fate and seem to be just waiting to be mathematically put out of their misery.

Adams took the players into the centre-circle at the end of the game to thank the travelling support. The 2-0 reverse left him looking not only for his first point, but still for his first goal.

Tony Adams is struggling to get to grips with life as a manager in La Liga with Granada
Tony Adams is struggling to get to grips with life as a manager in La Liga with Granada

Tony Adams is struggling to get to grips with life as a manager in La Liga with Granada

The former Arsenal defender tried to motivate his players but they went down 2-0 to Sevilla
The former Arsenal defender tried to motivate his players but they went down 2-0 to Sevilla

The former Arsenal defender tried to motivate his players but they went down 2-0 to Sevilla

His team have not won away all season. They will have another chance next weekend against Real Sociedad. Before that there is a local derby at home to Malaga on Wednesday. They host Real Madrid in a fortnight – by which time they could already be down.

He was putting a brave face on post-match and quoting a former manager when asked about the club's lengthening injury list. 'As Harry Redknapp used to say, 'we're down to the bare bones',' he said. 'I think I'm going to have to play the next game.'

Adams had a bad start last week when he lost his first match 3-0 to Celta Vigo. And there were more problems with starts in Sevilla as his team started the first half conceding after just three minutes through Ganso. And then conceded inside the first minute of the restart, again through Ganso.

He had picked a team of 11 different nationalities on his debut without a single Spanish player in the team. This time there were two Spaniards on the pitch but it did little to improve the display.

Granada are second from bottom in La Liga and Tony Adams has a big job on his hands
Granada are second from bottom in La Liga and Tony Adams has a big job on his hands

Granada are second from bottom in La Liga and Tony Adams has a big job on his hands

Brazilian midfielder Ganso celebrates after scoring for Sevilla on Friday night in La Liga
Brazilian midfielder Ganso celebrates after scoring for Sevilla on Friday night in La Liga

Brazilian midfielder Ganso celebrates after scoring for Sevilla on Friday night in La Liga

Last week Adams said La Liga was the best league in the world. If that was how he felt after watching the Celta Vigo reserve side that beat Granada, it was perhaps to be expected that his team would struggle against Champions League side Sevilla.

Not only was there an early goal – there were also two early substitutions. On five minutes Martin Hongla came on for Matthieu Saunier who had picked up a knock. And on 21 minutes Adams hooked Gaston Silva and threw on Isaac Cuenca.

The former Barcelona winger was lively for Granada and both he and Mehdi Carcela had shots at Sergio Rico's goal.

But there is a naivety to the team Adams has inherited that will almost certainly see them relegated.

He had them in front after just four minutes and doubled his side's lead shortly after half-time
He had them in front after just four minutes and doubled his side's lead shortly after half-time

He had them in front after just four minutes and doubled his side's lead shortly after half-time

There was a silly foul on the edge of the area from 22-year-old Valencia loanee Ruben Vezo and Nico Pareja almost made it 2-0 with the free-kick. Then at the other end of the pitch Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira got away from Sevilla's Pablo Sarrabia but elbowed him in the face as accelerated clear and so was penalized and booked. The 21-year-old at least looked capable of troubling Sevilla and with Cuenca and Carcela Granada finished the half well.

But then at the restart Sevilla doubled their lead and Adams was heading for his second defeat. He brought on another Barça youth team product in the shape of midfielder Sergi Samper but there was no way back. And when striker Ezequiel Ponce ran on to a fine pass from Cuenca and made space for himself only to send his shot went just wide, it summed up another disappointing night.

Sevilla moved level with Atletico Madrid on 65 in fourth place after Friday's victory
Sevilla moved level with Atletico Madrid on 65 in fourth place after Friday's victory

Sevilla moved level with Atletico Madrid on 65 in fourth place after Friday's victory

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