The Blaugrana used it in more advanced sectors, crushed high, created chances, and did it against one of the most formative teams in the league.
The MSG trident performed excellent
Antoine Griezmann was in the starting lineup on Sunday, finally. Quique Setien returned the Frenchman into the team after his recent and unexpected omissions. The MSG trident played at the start against Villarreal, but they did it according to a different system: 4-4-2 with a difference. Leo Messi played behind two Griezmann and Luis Suarez, and it worked, how it worked! Sunday night has become one of Barcelona’s most excellent performances in recent times. Like possessing, the Blaugrana used it in more advanced sectors, crushed high, created chances, and did it against one of the most formative teams in the league. The match was a confirmation that this formation is best for Griezmann.
Three strikers were more central and closer to the goal. Everyone was happy. The Frenchman was one of Barcelona’s best players of the night, and you cannot help but wonder why it took so long for this tactic to appear. How much time was wasted? How many talents were wasted? Of course, if they had tried this formation earlier, the position of the Catalans in the LaLiga table would have been different. Now, logically, we will never know, and it is not worth keeping silent. But we know that Barcelona did not give up. They are four points behind Real Madrid. The gap is significant. You have to say, bearing in mind that only four fixtures are remaining, but the Blaugrana will not concede. Messi won’t, and he won’t let anyone else.