ALTERNATIVES IN ATTACK
What was not seen of Quique Setién: the test of 4-2-3-1 against RCD Espanyol
Published:9/07/2020 - 15:20h
Updated:9/07/2020 - 15:20h
Quique Setién repeated against the RCD Espanyol the same tactical drawing that against the Villarreal, but in the second time made a proof that lasted minutes
In the Stadium of the Ceramics against the Villarreal, the FC Barcelona played the best party of the 'was Quique Setién', so much by the result (1-4) as by the dynamic, appeal and effective game that showed the Barcelona. It is thus that did not go at all rare that, from the start, the Cantabrian technician bet by the same tactical drawing for enfretarse to the RCD Espanyol in the Camp Nou.
Lamentably, the RCD Espanyol posed a much more defensive party that the Villarreal, playing with five defences and accumulating a lot of footballers in the centre. It is thus that this 4-3-1-2 that Quique Setién had tested in earths castellonenses with so much success lost effectiveness in the derbi and had to go mutating with the step of the minutes.
The first consequence was that Leo Messi, that had played like mediapunta pure -by behind Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suárez- in Villarreal, had to abandon the centre by the agglutination of defences of the RCD Espanyol that there was. The Argentinian star split more from the right profile, but neither like this the FC Barcelona achieved to rid of the bottling in all the first time, in which the culés hardly had occasions of danger.
In the rest, Quique Setién thought in a distinct solution to open the field and do that the RCD Espanyol accumulated less footballers in the centre: it changed to a 4-2-3-1 with Luis Suárez by in front of a line of half tips formed by Leo Messi, Ansu Fati, and Antoine Griezmann. The centre of the field lost presence, but the capacity of association of the Argentinian and the French had to follow awarding control whereas the new diagram reinforced the bands.
Lamentably, the experiment only was active during four minutes, that were those that took the referee José Luis Munuera Montero in reviewing in the VAR that the immoderate entrance of Ansu Fati was merecedora of the red cardboard. Without the bissauguineano on the terrain of game, banished the experiment of Quique Setién, that happened to try be very offensive to the 5-3-1 of the last minutes.
It misses Riqui Puig
In the two last parties, Quique Setién has bet by Sergi Roberto in the centre of the field beside players like Arturo Vidal or Ivan Rakitic, but is odd that Riqui Puig have disappeared of the alignments when better game was showing. Maybe, the two canteranos beside another of them, Sergio Busquets, could form a very interesting triangle.