With their new coach, the Catalan side tried to surprise the opposition using three different compositions, moving away from the usual 4-3-3 deployed by former coach Ernesto Valverde.
Setien works on several tactical settings
From the moment arriving at Barcelona, Quique Setien and his side worked on several tactical settings. To prepare the team as best as possible for their LaLiga and Champions League campaigns. With their new coach, the Catalan side tried to surprise the opposition using three different compositions. Moving away from the usual 4-3-3 deployed by former coach Ernesto Valverde. Setien made a choice 3-5-2 against Valladolid on Saturday. So the full-backs Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo’s are providing a defensive cover, which was missing in previous games. This system was used to catch an opponent in a counter-attack and not the first time Setien changed things up to swing things in favor of his team. Against Villarreal, the Barcelona boss chose the traditional 4-4-2, which leads to one of Barcelona’s best appearances of the season.
This formation made it easier to fit Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann into the trio. It allowed the team to play with greater fluidity. Which is especially effective against teams who allow rivals to have a little more space. The Cantabrian coach did not have much time to impose his staff’s philosophy before the coronavirus burst. Although a pause gave time to work on some tactical ideas. He was not given an excellent opportunity to work with his team on the training field. Setien compiled and implemented these tactical systems in record time. All he worked on will be testing in the two remaining fixtures of the LaLiga and the Champions League, which begins in August.