Historic European premiere

Granada plays its first continental match in its history against Teuta from Albania. Diego Martínez arrives with all the squad available for Durrës against the Albanian cup champion


The day marked in red has arrived: Granada make their debut in European competition. For the first time in history, the Nasrid team will play an official match in Europe. An award for the excellent work of the past year that he now wants to endorse by reaching, at least, the group stage. To do this, he will have to overcome two rounds and the first obstacle will not be easy. The unknown Teuta of Albania arrives more rolled and after lifting the Super Cup of his country just a few weeks ago against the league champion, Tirana.

Those of Diego Martínez have it clear: Europe is a prize. And they want to play without pressure, knowing that if they pass it will be a success, if they do not it will be an anecdote in a game that is already historical. The technician arrives with all his weapons and with much to gain. Without casualties and against a rival who also plays at home, there are 90 minutes in which he wants to enjoy. However, the Vigo coach will make a change with respect to the team that beat Athletic with the entry of Gonalons in the midfield and Víctor Díaz as a false winger to form a back of five when it is time to defend and return to his usual scheme when it is necessary to attack.

Opposite will be a Teuta that has also a historical beginning of the course. He won the Super Cup in his country and passed for the first time a round of the Europa League against Beitar Jerusalem (2-0). A classic of the highest Albanian category that has more than one hundred years of life and that has in its showcases a league championship (1993-94) and six runners-up, in addition to four Cups, of which it is current champion and where it achieved the ticket to Europe.

The stadium, the Niko Dovana, will go down in the history of a Granada that seems to have no roof and that faces its debut in Europe with calm ambition.

Only six players with European experience

Granada will debut in Europe, as will the bulk of its squad. Only six players of the 24 summoned have previous experience in European competition: Foulquier, Vallejo, Gonalons, Soldado, Kenedy and Molina. Of these, Foulquier has played only one UEFA match and it was thirteen years ago with Rennes. Meanwhile, the rest have played both the Europa League and the Champions League.

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