How Valverde's new defensive set-up could bench Suarez: 6 one-liners
During the two Japan games, Barca's coach tried a new defensive set-up with only one forward and four midfielders behind him. Here's an analysis of the formation and Tribuna.com's prediction on how the Catalans could change next season.
- Previously, Ernesto Valverde had mainly used two set-ups, the classic Barcelona 4-3-3 and his beloved 4-4-2 with Leo Messi and Luis Suarez as the two forwards.
- During the games against Chelsea and Vissel Kobe, the Basque coach implemented a new defensive formation, a 4-1-4-1, with a sole forward and four midfielders plus a pivot behind him.
- It could mean that Leo will become the team's starting centre-forward, the same role Pep Guardiola used the Argentine during his glorious years at Camp Nou.
- Meanwhile, Suarez is likely to lose his starting position due his age and his physical conditions.
- Brand-new signing Antoine Griezmann could end up occupying the left winger position, a spot he had been used in at Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad.
- Ousmane Dembele could return to his beloved right-winger position: although the Frenchman had several good performances from the left wing, the right side of the pitch remains his best position.