ARTHUR, VIDAL AND ALBA, HEADLINES
Setién's plan to contain Madrid: Control and intensity
Published:1/03/2020 - 21:04h
Updated:1/03/2020 - 22:49h
Quique Setién kept in the Classical a bet very resembled the one who had made to measure to the Naples in Champions League. Arthur, Vidal and Alba were of the game
After a grey tie against the Naples (1-1) in the party of gone of the eighth of final of the Champions League, expected a small revolution of Quique Setién in the alignment of face to the Classical . In fact, the Cantabrian technician even had tested in the partidillos of training with Martin Braithwaite like titling beside Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann, but finally the eleven was very seemed to the of Saint Paolo.
Setién Only entered two changes: it Gave gone in to Jordi Alba -already recovered of his muscular injury- by Junior Firpo -very green and constrained during the absence of the Catalan- and put to Arthur Melo by Ivan Rakitic in the centre of the field. Arturo Vidal repeated this position of false left extreme in which it is playing in the last weeks and Samuel Umtiti went back to win him the game to Clément Lenglet in the central axis.
With the entrance of Jordi Alba and keeping to Arturo Vidal, Setién tried to keep the intensity and the arrivals by surprise from second line whereas, with Arthur on the lawn of Chamartín, the Cantabrian looked for to have the balloon and facilitate the exit from backwards. A conservative plan that minimised risks and moved away of the surprises with which especulaba after the tie of Naples.
Eder Sarabia, second trainer of Setién, explained in statements for Movistar LaLiga and Barça previous TV to the party that the Barcelona alignment decided in consequence to the seen in the Classical of the first turn, recently more than two months. "We take us like reference the party of gone, has impulses and arreones difficult to control, to see if we impose our plan. It is necessary to be brave with balloon, be deep, but also know replegarse", explained.
On the other hand, it did not show surprised by the bomb of Zidane in the alignment of the Real Madrid: the banquillazo of Ferland Mendy and the titularity of Marcelo. "It does not surprise me because all are extraordinary players and go us to complicate the party. Marcelo can have more quality in the last metres and be something feebler in defence, but can happen something seemed with another that had played", manifested.
A Classical that is not decisive
The equality in the high part of the table does that the duel of this Sunday was not definite, since they still remain slopes 12 days, and like this expressed it Sarabia before the duel. "This Classical will not be definite whatever happens, remains a lot of League, but come concienciados and motivated", sentenced. The domestic championship, therefore, will follow alive to the end.