The quick-fix of Enrique’s PSG “dilemma”

By on March 6, 2017

While Gomes, Busquets and Iniesta were all marked, and the defensive line- isolated from the midfield by PSG’s front three, Messi was permanently found on the lookout of Kurzawa, Rabiot and Kimpbele. Neymar was pushed off far-out on the left-flank, with no support coming from the midfield.
That was the first game, which if it had a title, it would be called “El sistema amb errors” that in Catalan means “The broken system”.


If in the case with the 4-3-3 formation we witnessed the tactical demolition suffered by Blaugranas, and took in the fact that against PSG’s high pressure and fast wings it wasn’t working at all, in case with the 3-5-2 formation we have to assume and deduce.

Thus let’s assume that Unai Emery will start again with a 4-3-3 formation, as they can comfortably switch it to a 4-5-1 when defending. Cavani, Draxler and Di Maria will press our back-line over and over, but this time there’ll be an additional CB in Mascherano, who’ll be maintain the defensive compactness, rolling back the outcomes of each pressing maneuver. In this degree, we can firmly vocalize that playing with three centre-backs would be a right step by Luis Enrique.

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Let’s switch to the midfield, where we have the double pivot in Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic. This is where the headache gets going.

In this set of materials, Rakitic and Busquets will hang upon the contenders which they intended to play with. It’s not a good thing to hear, considering that Rakitic will most likely play with Rafinha/Roberto in this case. There is a risk that Roberto/Rafinha will be squeezed back under pressing by Kurzawa, Matuidi and Rabiot; That’s how Rakitic will be pushed to the wall to drop back alongside Rafinha (for ex.) in order to stay on playing with him, leaving Lionel Messi with two options: to stay out isolated upfront, or go down to take the ball. Neither of the two choices will have a positive impact on the result. The quick fix is pretty obvious.

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