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A 4-2-3-1, THE KEY?

The change of system that could fit all the pieces of Barça

Published:3/10/2019 - 21:29h

Updated:4/10/2019 - 07:27h

FC Barcelona is having troubles to find balance in the first matches of the season, and is looking for solutions to its problems. The answer could be a change of system that could fit better all the pieces in the team

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The season 2019-20 has not begun well for the FC Barcelona, that is suffering in the fight by LaLiga and by the Champions. The team is able of the best and of the worst and does not finish to find balance, what added to a too agitated pre-season and to a plague of injuries is complicating him to the hour to carry out the parties. In front of the doubts that do not finish to clear , could have a valid solution for all the evils.

Although by moments recovers the fluidity and voracity of a project champion, the Catalan group is atascado, is fragile backwards and shows dense in front, something that no only is fault of his usual low. You unfit them tactical are costing goals against and can not depend only of the talks to the rest and the replacements, that in more than a meeting already have served to change the face and the performance.

So much to collective level like individual, a change of system could be the salvation, and in concrete the 4-2-3-1 seems ideal. Ernesto Valverde already showed in his first campaign with a 4-4-2 flexible that is not necessary to tie to the 4-3-3 classical of the Barcelona, because the style and 'DNA' barcelonistas approach more in an offensive mentality and an idea of game -command through the possession- that to a training in concrete.

The duel against the Inter of Milan explains in several appearances reason this adjust can be key, since it saw after the incorporation of Arturo Vidal. The Chilean went in by an exhausted Sergio Busquets and in hardly some minutes changed the feelings of his, that suffered much less in defence and began to forget of his agarrotamiento in attack, something in what, clear is, also influenced the wear of the Italians.

The profile of players that integrate the changing room converts this bet in a very promising answer. Two pivote with quality in the management of the balloon and capacity of sacrifice -this Wednesday Arthur and Of Jong- give more fluidity to the room of machines, also more solidity when covering more terrain and leave the half tip to decide if the eleven is ultra offensive, more conservative or mixed -the one of Saint Joaquín, for example is a tireless worker, what allows him shine so much up as down-.

The change in the medullary does not alter too much the proposal culé, but yes improves his virtues and hides his lacks. The drawing is equally recognizable, with extremes, a leading centre and the renewed half tip, that can correspond to 'peloteros' as Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann or to llegadores more physical like the mentioned Vidal or the today marginados Ivan Rakitic and Carles Aleñá. By the other, there are not so many differences, because the saga would be more arropada and the carrileros could be still in action, although it would need more sacrifice of the attackers in the pressure.

Name by name, the 4-2-3-1 also works

In the individual analysis, the 4-2-3-1 also surpasses the proof, and could suppose a relief for more than a crack. References like Leo Messi or Luis Suárez would conserve his usual position, and would keep the gap for the Dembélé, Ansu Fati or Carles Pérez, even wishes like a Neymar that no longer would need to seat to any star in the bench if it returned as long as, this yes, all kept the responsibility in the repliegue, because of the contrary would commit the errors that today are splitting to the team in two.

This election has a lot of numbers to clear the incógnita of Griezmann, and perhaps also the one of Philippe Coutinho. Neither the French is leading centre or extreme neither the carioca is midfield player or player of band, something that show his paths in the Athletic of Madrid and the Bayern of Munich. Both feel much more comfortable with a nine to his side, that could be the one of Jump or the heir to the that so much look for in the Camp Nou. By the other, so much the '7' as the '17' possess quality in the pass and a privileged shot, that would explode better in a central zone by which also is used to to fall the '10'.

The indispensable condition for this system also is the mobility, that that did big to the Barça of Pep Guardiola and went back crazy to so many rivals. If the tips move is more difficult to fix the marks, open more hollow and there is more space to filter, what would offer also solutions for the suplencias of the Uruguayan, that does not have a substitute like such. On the paper, there are a lot of profits that could obtain, so perhaps, after several tracks, it would be necessary to dare to do some proofs. The fight by the titles can depend on this.

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