Ernesto Valverde in the bench of the FC Barcelona


Barça with more punch and less possession of the Valverde era

Published:11/10/2019 - 21:01h

Updated:11/10/2019 - 23:55h

FC Barcelona did not start the season well, but little by little it has been redone and it has been better for a few weeks. The Catalans have the ball little compared to previous campaigns, but when they reach the door they are more infallible than ever

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The change began with Luis Enrique and seems that it has finished to complete with Ernesto Valverde. The FC Barcelona follows wanting the balloon, but no longer depends on the ball to win. This Barça takes advantage of the spaces, is used to to be infalible of face to door and no longer has so much the possession like the one of antaño.

The culés no longer play so well, but are more effective season to season. In fact, the Barcelona of this course is being the one who less has the ball since Valverde arrived to the bench. But at the same time that sucede this, right now the barcelonistas also are in his best numbers regarding effectiveness of face to goal from the arrival of the 'Txingurri'.

If in the course 2017-2018 the blaugrana had 65% of possession and in the 18-19 reached the 69, this year do not happen of the 64. Still being an acceptable number, is true that the Barça of Valverde never had had so little the balloon. This could be worrisome on a long-term basis with another technician, but the ex of the Athletic already has showed that it can be competitive playing of this way.

Because the culés are practical of the minute one to the ninety and take advantage of each opportunity as if it was the last that goes to have. Anybody takes advantage of so well his arrivals like this FC Barcelona. The Barcelona mark 44% of the shots to door that do, almost the half. They are spectacular data that speak a lot and well of the tremenda hit that have up. In the season 17-18 the percentage was of 40% and in the 18-19 a 33&

Also it is true that since Valverde is in the baquillo, the culés never had marked fewer goals. In what it goes of campaign, the Barça carries 22 targets, whereas the past course or the previous already surpassed the 27 to these heights. The positive reading that has this is that the hit is tremenda and the Barcelona needs very little to mark. The refusal, that the team barcelonista every time creates less football and fewer occasions.

Valverde Will die with his ideas

What has remained clear after more than two years in the charge is that Valverde goes to die with his ideas. It will go out well or badly, but to these heights the 'Txingurri' does not go to change his style and his ideas. The extremeño plays it to him this campaign and his continuity goes to depend in good measure of what do the team in Champions. If the culés win the 'Orejona', is almost impossible that the ex of the Athletic go out, but if no, taking into account these data and the bad feelings, probably there will be another technician in the bench of the Camp Nou inside a year.


esde That Ernesto Valverde took the reins of the team, the barcelonismo has learnt to live of the efficiency, of the practical. It has gone back a more direct team, that gives fewer detours to arrive to the aim. This has cost him to the Txingurri a lot of criticisms. That style of recognizable game that many tried to imitate, no longer is so remarkable. It can not say that it was the characteristic stamp of this team. Valverde Has finished to complete that metamorphosis that already began Luis Enrique in his moment.

This start of season, marked by the injuries, the team has seen forced to do of the need virtue. To learn to live in an economy of subsistence and throw of efficiency to be able to carry out the parties. The Catalan group has begun the course suffering, although it has attained to remount to arrive to the second stop in a position ilusionante, so much in League as in Champions League.
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Goal of Luis Suárez (1-1) in the Barcelona 2-1 Inter of Milan
We are in front of the most practical version of the Barça of Valverde. It treats of the Barcelona with less goal since it is the Txingurri to the control. It carries 22 to day of today, whereas other years, to these heights, added 27 or 28 between League and Champions.

If we speak of possession, also see that it is the Barcelona that less has the ball of the three versions valverdianas that have seen up to now. For the moment promedia a 64 percent of possession, whereas other seasons to these heights carried the 69 percent (18-19) or the 65 percent (17-18).
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Goal of Luis Suárez (2-1) in the Barcelona 2-1 Inter of Milan
The positive reading is in the efficiency that the team has showed to have of face to goal. Never since the extremeño directs to the team, had needed so few shots to do goals. The 44 percent of what goes to door, finish in goal, whereas in the 18-19 was the 33 percent and in the 17-18, the 40 percent.

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