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Jémez one game away from matching Granada's worst start

After going down 3-1 against Alavés Paco Jémez's Granada are on the verge of equalling the club's historical poorest start to a season.

Jémez one game away from matching Granada's worst start
Pepe Villoslada

Following his side’s 3-1 loss at Alavés on Monday night, Paco Jémez is one defeat away from matching Granada’s worst start to a league season.

Tough start in 1941-42

That low ebb came in the 1941-42 campaign, when Granada went the first seven games without a win, picking up just two points and being beaten five times. Coached by Francisco Bru and led by striker César Rodríguez – Barcelona’s all-time top scorer until Leo Messi beat his mark – Granada drew with Celta and Real Sociedad and lost to Real Madrid, Valencia, Atlético, Athletic and Barcelona. The club recovered and finished 10th in La Liga.

Thirty years later, in the 1972-73 season with Bernardino Pérez in the dugout, Granada also failed to taste victory in the first seven games of the campaign, drawing against Zaragoza, Deportivo, Valencia, Oviedo and Betis and losing to Real Madrid and Espanyol.

Jémez in the spotlight

So far this season Granada have managed two draws, against Villarreal and Betis, and have been beaten by Las Palmas, Alavés, Athletic and Eibar. On Saturday Jémez’s side host Leganés in Los Cármenes when they will have the opportunity to avoid an unwanted record.


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