Barcelona newly-appointed Dutch manager Ronald Koeman discloses about his defensive plan for the coming season.
Ronald Koeman the newly appointed coach of Barcelona revealed his defensive plan for the coming season. However, he started his Barcelona’s managerial season with having won over Gimnastic de Tarragona.
In his first pre-season match he conceded one goal and Catalans strikes 3 goals over Gimnastic. As he played 22 players in one match. In the first half, 11 players played and for 2nd half, he introduced another 11 players during a friendly match.
But in that match, he came up with the new formation for the Barcelona. Barcelona mostly prefers to play at simple 4-3-3 formation or else 4-4-2. Whereas, Ronald Korman opting to change the club’s formation for this season.
Fans and football pundits somehow got the click of Barcelona’s next formation after the first friendly match. Therefore, it seems like Ronald Koeman totally looking to have a change in Barcelona’s playing style.
As per Ronald Koeman’s managerial mindset, he is looking to a bit of more defensive rather than attacking. Because the friendly game was quite simple for them but conceded one goal though.
So he might look to become defensive and apply the formation according to it. Along with defense, Ronald Koeman wanted players to do attack with more energy. But preference should be given to safe play.
Barcelona’s new formation for this season
Ronald Koeman is busy with the reconstruction of the team for the next season. Because the team already has less number of young players. As most of the players are almost 30 years old. So according to its manager looking to set new formation for Barcelona.
So Ronald Koeman applied his tactics in the first friendly match and played with a 4-2-3-1 structure. This formation not used at all either by fans or players. Because this looks more defensive structure on paper.
On the contrary, the Barcelona coach promises that this will be a safer and attacking formation for the club. Because Catalans play the possession game and that two defensive players will contribute more for keeping possession.
Along with possession, they will also support the attack including quick come back for the defensive purpose. So it will help to do attack as well as a defense at the same time. Hence, this will take more time to settle on the field as it will require more practice to do.
Koeman speaks on playing style
While speaking to Goal after the first friendly match said, “It may be different and somewhat more defensive than what has been seen in recent years, but the objective is to move the ball, hold on to it and find the spaces to play between the lines, and behind rival midfielders”
Overall, Barcelona under Quique Setien played on counter-attacking but there was a lack in the pace of players. So Ronald Koeman will look to add young talent in the midfield as he had not used Vidal & Luis Suarez in a friendly match. Therefore, it will come to know during the first Barcelona match of this season against Villarreal.
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