TACTICAL NUANCES OF THE CANTABRIAN
The details that Setién changed with respect to Valverde at its premiere
Published:19/01/2020 - 21:57h
Updated:19/01/2020 - 22:00h
Quique Setién did not make any revolution in his first eleven as coach of FC Barcelona, but he did bring a series of nuances of change with respect to Valverde
Shortly before the 20:00 hours of the afternoon of this Sunday, the FC Barcelona announced the alignment against the Granada, that was the first of Quique Setién like Barcelona trainer. Seeing the names, did not appreciate significant changes with regard to the stage of Ernesto Valverde, distributing in a 4-3-3 continuista with regard to the seen in the rest of the season, save by the drops.
Nevertheless, once the balloon put in movement, the version that the FC Barcelona was very distinct to which had seen in the last seasons. The 'effect Setién' begins to notice hardly a week after the official announcement of his signing and the true is that what saw on the terrain of game remembered to past periods in which the Camp Nou enjoyed of the beautiful with his team.
The first remarkable nuance was the high pressure. The FC Barcelona saw more aggressive with a pressure more asfixiante on the exit of balloon of the Granada. Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati turned into the first defenders of the team, that had the most together lines and more options to recover the ball in dangerous zones or to force to the group nazarí to rifarla and lose it.
With balloon, the thing also changed. The possession was exageradamente upper to the one of the Granada and the game went back more patient and much less vertical that the seen in the stages of Valverde, Luis Enrique or Tata Martino, the three last technicians culés. The instructions were clear: ensure the pass to minimise dangerous losses that facilitated the contragolpes of the rival.
Without Luis Suárez, also desveló the incógnita of the '9': Leo Messi was the one who played by the centre with total freedom, whereas Antoine Griezmann and Ansu Fati split from the bands. The Argentinian star, in this way, recovered this position in which it triumphed with Pep Guardiola and that kept until the arrival of Suárez to the team.
In occasions was missing spark
The Barça offered a recognizable version against the Granada, with a lot of patience with the ball and recovering the game of possession, but in some occasions was missing something of rhythm in the circulation of balloon. With a very ordered Granada backwards, cost to find depth and sometimes seemed that only Ansu Fati or Leo Messi were able to change the rhythm.