Real Madrid Barcelona | The classicTOBara can ‘copy’ some details of the City’s approach
Nor there was nothing better for Setin than a Guardiola match at Bernabu das before LaLiga was played against Real Madrid. The Barca coach, together with Eder Sarabia, traveled to the capital of Spain to witness the meeting live and draw conclusions from it.
In fact, they held a meeting with the English team technician. And nobody like him to leave several strokes of Setin on how to conquer the white fief. “There are things that the City did that can be worth us,” Setin acknowledged at the press conference yesterday at the Sports City. Although not all of the approach can be applied to Barcelona, some points may be extrapolated.
Surprised leaving Agero on the bench, although he was quick why. Gabriel Jess left, in defensive tasks, the central zone to go to protect the right wing from the attack of Real Madrid with the rises of Dani Carvajal. The Brazilian did a good job of contention, something that Antoine Griezmann can do, that lurks around that position between the false 9 and the left wing while Ansu Fati is not there. You could even shuffle the Braithwaite option. When he needed electricity, Guardiola entered Sterling. Gabriel Jess was again the reference for the Englishman to attack the Spanish side when he had the half-empty gasoline canister. I went well.
The most aggressive and fast that Setin has in the squad, today, is Ansu Fati. The young man raised in La Masa does not grab the regularity in the initial eleven and, from the bench, manages to generate danger with his overflow. After testing Arturo Vidal by band, he doesn’t look like he can enter as a starter, but he does the function that Raheem Sterling completed, saving the distances, in the last twenty minutes.
Who will have a fundamental ballot is Frenkie de Jong. The Dutch returns to the place of his confirmation, where he ended up falling in love with Europe and became the great midfielder of the future for Bara. That day was crucial in the exit of the ball, always receiving the first to build the play. He was releasing more on offensive adventures as the minutes passed, but that was not his function. With the pressure of those of Zidane and an irreplaceable Busquets in that area, his mission resembled, from what we have seen during the year, what he did last Wednesday De Bruyne. Breaking the center line of the field to look towards the attack. De Jong’s offensive projection can be key.
Important to be Marc-Andr Ter Stegen and not only in his role as goalkeeper. Setin emphasizes that it is one more to take out the ball and this is demonstrated by the German. This campaign has two assists in LaLiga thanks to long balls that take advantage of their teammates (Luis Surez and Griezmann). Ederson tried it on several occasions, creating bewilderment in the white defense by not expecting a long pass that would exceed the first two pressure lines. Ah, Barcelona, with the German, plays in favor. It has already been seen in the last matches that, with the high pressure of the opponent, Ter Stegen sometimes looks for a quick pass to the tip.
But the trick that Setin has is called Leo Messi. The Argentine is incomparable and irreplaceable when it comes to playing at the Bernabu. Eleven goals in LaLiga in Chamartn and dozens of iconic images that will be remembered by the culs when they tell the story of Rosario in Can Bara. He has in his hand the future of the championship, and arrives with desire after not marking him in any of the four games of last season counting League and Copa del Rey. Here Guardiola could not help Setin, Messi there is only one. l