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    3rd kit again ...

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    And Frenkie still out.

    Alonso will accompany Xavi at the press conference, meaning he will start.
    Also read reports that Eric, Roberto, Pedri and Raphinha were coming in.

    Think the XI is pretty obvious.

    ter Stegen
    Roberto, Eric, Christensen, Alonso
    Gavi, Busi, Pedri
    Raphinha, Lewy, Dembele

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    So alonso will only play UCL?
    Between a rock and a hard place

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    We've come a long way, but still gotta field Roberto and Alonso FB pairing in an important CL match away from home.

    I'd take a draw in Milan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasgas View Post
    So alonso will only play UCL?
    I think Xavi worried about defending special situations. He doesn't trust Balde in those. Corners and free kicks.

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    Looking how inconsistent most of Barca players are all results are possible imo.

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    Some tactics:

    1) How we sHOULDN't play:
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    Classic 4-3-3 in the rigid way Xavi implements it.
    Problems: No space against 3-5-2 other than the fullbacks, which will have nowhere to pass as attackers will be locked
    Danger:
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    This.
    A possible steal in the md creates immediately a counter situation for Inter (with their wingbacks released) of 5 against 5 at the back

    2) How we should play IMO:
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    3 atb in essence, with the nominal RB being a third CB, and the LB advanced (something that happens often under Xavi in possession. But now it should happen in and out of possession)

    Pros: Nullifies the counter threat from Inter: a ball loss will result in 3 v 4 or 5 v 7 (including wingbacks) at the back, which still gives us numerical superiority.
    Pros: Gives us better structure to break them down, with their 3at pinned by two attackers and our interiors changing position in between their md to find space and release through balls to 3 or 4 options (2 strikers, and one or two wingers depending on angle)

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    We just got to watch out for Dumfries. That's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdy View Post
    Some tactics:

    1) How we sHOULDN't play:
    Click image for larger version. 

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    Classic 4-3-3 in the rigid way Xavi implements it.
    Problems: No space against 3-5-2 other than the fullbacks, which will have nowhere to pass as attackers will be locked
    Danger:
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    This.
    A possible steal in the md creates immediately a counter situation for Inter (with their wingbacks released) of 5 against 5 at the back

    2) How we should play IMO:
    Click image for larger version. 

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    3 atb in essence, with the nominal RB being a third CB, and the LB advanced (something that happens often under Xavi in possession. But now it should happen in and out of possession)

    Pros: Nullifies the counter threat from Inter: a ball loss will result in 3 v 4 or 5 v 7 (including wingbacks) at the back, which still gives us numerical superiority.
    Pros: Gives us better structure to break them down, with their 3at pinned by two attackers and our interiors changing position in between their md to find space and release through balls to 3 or 4 options (2 strikers, and one or two wingers depending on angle)
    Pretty sure that's how Xavi would want to play but won't be able to without Kounde, Araujo and FDJ.

    What would be your XI with who's available?
    ES LO QUE HAY...

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    Not a fan of reacting to Inter.. just play a 433.

    There is no rock-paper-scissor principle in football.
    Last edited by mc_lovin; 3rd October 2022 at 06:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Messi983 View Post
    Pretty sure that's how Xavi would want to play but won't be able to without Kounde, Araujo and FDJ.

    What would be your XI with who's available?
    Not many options, but I wouldn't play Roberto

    Marcos Alonso - Eric - Christensen at the back
    Balde LWB, Dembele or Raphinia RW

    Then the md trio that will start, Lewa up top of course, and a questionmark remains if Raphnia or Dembele can be effective in the half-space.
    Previous games have shown they are NOT.
    Hence, I will be more daring and drop Raphinia and go for Ansu

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    Lewa hattrick.

    3-0 Barca
    Puyol #5

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    Bit nervous for this one tbh. A draw wouldn?t be the end of the world but I?d rather finish them off asap.

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    Just dont fuck it up. Draw would not be an end of the world, but win could give us much needed peace of mind.

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    Viktoria Plzen to draw at Allianz and we win at San Siro. Vamos.