ANDhe Barcelona returned to reap a new defeat against one of the greats. It is already a tunic in what we have been in competition, every time it faces a powerful rival the team does not work. A situation that confirms that this Barcelona today it is not to compete with the greats equipment. The main problem lies in attack. The team does not find the way of the goal. “In football the areas rule”said Busquets at the conclusion of the Classic. And here the Bara does not rule.
In the four major games played by the Barça team this year (Bayern, Benfica, Atltico de Madrid and Real Madrid), they have only been able to score one goal. The one who marked Agero in the discount against Real Madrid. The lack of punch is evident. Koeman has changed in those games up to three times the system, but the result is always the same, the team does not score.
The Barça coach has looked for alternatives for the offensive game. It is true that he has had a significant problem with injuries and that he has not been able to have all his players. In fact, Dembl has yet to debut this season. Some absences that have forced the Dutch to test players like Coutinho, Gavi and Dest in offensive positions. They have not been the solution I thought.
3-5-2 against Bayern and Benfica
It is the system with which he played in the first competitive matches. It was a way of reinforcing the defense and the midfield in view of the lack of forwards. In those two Champions League games, Koeman lined up Memphis and Luuk de Jong In the starting eleven, Demir and Coutinho came out in the second half against Bayern, while Ansu and again the Brazilian did it against Benfica.
The result was disappointing in both games. The team he was not able to shoot a single shot at the door in the 180 minutes. Only five shots away against Benfica and three against Bayern. The feeling that the team gave was of helplessness without creating danger.
Change to 4-2-3-1 against Atltico
In view of what happened in the Champions League, the match against Benfica was just before that of Wanda, Koeman decided to modify the system. He had a 4-2-3-1 in which he left Memphis up alone. Behind him he placed Frenkie de Jong, Coutinho and Gavi. Later, Ansu and De Jong entered and the team played with a 4-3-3 in which Gavi stood on the far right for a few minutes. The changes, however, did not work either.
It is true that the team improved something in attack and had more arrival, but the result was the same since they failed to score. At least this time, the Catalans finished between the three sticks. Coutinho had an excellent chance in which he stood alone in front of Oblak but his innocent shot was easily blocked by the goalkeeper.
4-3-3 in the Classic
New system change. With the recovery of troops, Barcelona played with their usual 4-3-3, but there was an important modification that Koeman had already tried in previous games, make Dest the far right. Memphis and Ansu Fati, the latter as a center forward, also started. The American had the opportunity to overtake Barcelona in a very clear opportunity in which only before Courtois he sent the ball to the clouds.
In this meeting, he will later enter the Kun Agero and Luuk de Jong. The Argentine played the last 17 minutes of the game in which he finished twice on goal and in the second he managed to score although it was a goal that was worthless. This goal from Kun has been the only one that Barcelona has scored against the greats.
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Koeman does not find the key: three systems, eight players and a goal