Granada are La Liga’s surprise package but can they stay on track for Champions League?

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Famed as one of the pearls of Spain, a tourist hot-spot known as the Moorish Jewel, Granada’s sporting conquests are few and far between.Though founded 88 years ago the Andalusian club have only six second and third division titles to their name.But, just eight games into the 2019-20 La Liga season could that all be about to change? Granada have been the surprise package in La Liga after just eight games of the season Granada’s players celebrate during their shock 2-0 victory over Barcelona in SeptemberIn their first season back in the top flight after two years in the Segunda Division, Granada are the surprise package in Spanish football. A 4-2 defeat by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu hasn’t dampened the spirits of a start to the season that sees them in fourth, occupying the final Champions League place.On a shoestring budget they’ve beaten Barcelona, fought back to secure a thrilling 4-4 draw with Villarreal and won away at Celta Vigo.There is nothing overly remarkable about the Granada squad, assembled at a cost of just £8million. Their most expensive current player cost just £2.7m. And leading the line they have Roberto Soldado, now 34 and back in Spain after two years in Turkey.They are used to being plucky underdogs. They have never finished higher than sixth in Spain’s first division, a feat they achieved twice back in 1972 and 1974.This is just their seventh season in La Liga since 1976, their highest league placing in that time be

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