Barcelona FC: The Leading Team In 2018/2019


Head Coach

In summer 2017, Spaniard Ernesto Valverde came to Barcelona FC to replace Luis Enrique. During his coaching career at the Barcelona, the 54-year-old has accumulated experiences in both Greece and Spain. He succeeded on Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol. Most importantly, at Olympiakos, he was victorious with three Greek Superleagues.  Also, Valverde, a previous Barcelona player, emerge the Copa Del Rey and European Cup Winners under the supervision of Johann Cruyff the great.

Valverde began his life as head coach of Barcelona Fc and defeated the Spanish Super Cup to the rivals, Real Madrid. Espanyol in the Copa Del Rey ended the feat he had created for his club by leading them to a 29-match unbeaten run.

During his first season, Valverde loves to alternate formations between Barcelona’s traditional 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 structures. Following the exit of  Neymar to Paris Saint Germain,  Valverde uses the 4-4-2. He engages in this structure because he does not have a vast number of extensive attacking options. When out of possession Valverde used the 4-4-2 to create defensive stability. This formation allowed them to maintain their central positions while attacking through their star player Lionel Messi.

Barcelona FC: The Leading Team in 2018/2019
Barcelona FC: The Leading Team in 2018/2019

Barcelona FC Tactical Analysis And Structure

Earlier during the La Liga matches this season, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Ousmane Dembele formed a formidable attacking trio as a result of seemingly adoption  4-3-3 structure by Valverde.  The central midfield role soon went to Sergi Roberto. This is done with the returns of Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic to complete the fitness.  The expectation during the World Cup campaigns is that there would be a battle for the right-back role between Nelson Semedo and him.

Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets are the automatic picks with Barcelona’s backline behind them. With all the team members together they form a formidable unit. Also, in the inside channel, forward player Coutinho has proven an excellent heir to Andres Iniesta, the club legend. Coutinho’s link-up play with Messi  Accompanied by his Brazilians skill on the ball in tight areas, serves as a focal point of central attacks for Barcelona FC.

In the forthcoming Champions League, Barcelona FC may find itself attacking a defensive back five in a clash against Tottenham.  With such a defensive formation Barcelona is known to stutter despite the majority of La Liga teams setting up with a back four. An extra central defender can destabilize the central (above, right), most importantly, Messi may find his inside movements so difficult. Thereby this will provide less space for Messi to receive balls and connect at the goal front.

Barcelona FC: The Leading Team in 2018/2019
Barcelona FC: The Leading Team in 2018/2019

Attacking Threats

Intelligence to generate a cut-back cross from full-backs, with an unmarked forward inside box 18 is one of the most impressive moves Barcelona ever studied. Originally, the positioning of the entire opposing backline is the backbone behind the intelligence. Conversely, the two excellent central midfielders also fill the vacancies between two attacking midfielders. It becomes easier for Barcelona’s full-backs to sneak around the side when they use their wider starting positions. If the cut-back is accurate then it allows for s straight forward finish.

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