Leo Messi, beside Antoine Griezmann


Koeman's experiment with Leo Messi and Griezmann

Published:18/10/2020 - 23:17h

Updated:19/10/2020 - 17:34h

Ronald Koeman insists in that Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann exchange constantly his positions, a tactics that up to now has not been effective

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Ronald Koeman is a trainer of fixed ideas and arrived to the FC Barcelona with a mental diagram very clear of what wanted to implant in the team. In addition to a change of total routine with some trainings of greater intensity, the Dutch technician opted for employing the same tactical drawing that when it headed to the selection of the Low Countries: a 4-2-3-1 that up to now has been innegociable for him.

According to Ronald Koeman, the players of the FC Barcelona are ideal to play with this diagram of game. Also it has left clear which role will have each player in the team, with fundamental premises like that Philippe Coutinho has to play like mediapunta, that Frenkie of Jong has to be pivote and that, to fault of Memphis Depay, there is not a leading centre that occupy the position of way continued.

When it seemed that Messi and Griezmann fit

Inside this last idea, appear two key names: Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann. Until the moment, the idea of Ronald Koeman has been the asymmetry, with Ansu Fati in the left, Philippe Coutinho by the centre and the Argentinian star permutando the position with the French to generate embarrassment in the rival defences and do that they do not have a clear reference of labeling.

Ansu Fati And Philippe Coutinho himself have found his place but, until the moment, what has not worked has been the experiment of constant exchanges between Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann. And no only it is due to that the French was rematadamente desacertado in all his actions, but the Barcelona captain neither seems to finish to feel comfortable or understand the role that Ronald Koeman pretends to give him.

Two distinct cases

During the stop of international selections, Antoine Griezmann left to fall that it plays well with France because Didier Deschamps himself know where put him. The problem is that, by a lot that Ronald Koeman give him freedom to arrive to the area, when it plays in the FC Barcelona seems not holding the weight of the pressure. It participates little in the preparation and, what is worse, wastes the few occasions of which has.

Neither we see to the best Leo Messi playing in this barter between the false '9' and the right band. To the Argentinian costs him be the reference up because it asks the balloon to the foot and also generate danger when has so on to the defence. In fact, the clearest occasions generates them when low to receive or when it appears to finish from second line. And it is precisely by this nature of second tip that have both that Ronald Koeman sees prioritario to Memphis Depay.

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