panchester07 wrote:I have another question for you guys that know so much..... How do you stop this Barcelona? What tactics does a team have to apply to beat the Blaugranas? Thank you...
Not that I know so much, just enough to you give a biased opinion.
It's been done once this season and half a game by Valencia. First off all, and probably the most important Barca have to be off their game. Villa was half a yard off, Xavi a bit of an injury, Ini not being influential out on the wing, not a settled left back, passing tempo isn't high at all. In Messi is dropping deep it's a good sign as he isn't getting enough service where he can hurt you. Second, you need essentially two left backs. Drenthe for Hercules played as a left mid, usually left back and Matheu played left mid for Valencia in their best half so far. Stopping Dani Alves getting acres of space because whoever is on the right, moves in to make space for Alves. Usually the left back would track that person thereby making space for Alves. Thirdly, press high up the pitch. Puyol/ Pique/ Sergio / Xavi should not get a clean easy simple ball from the keeper. You do not wanna Barca moving side to side infront of your own box. It's only a matter of time before they break through. Generally, a high defence line is also needed so gaps between the frontline and back line is minimised. It's risky yes, but if there is enough pressure, the through ball shouldn't be easy for the Barca players. Give them no time and no space to play. Stop the triangles in the middle of the pitch. Last but not least, you need lady luck on your side. A bad offside call, a ref decision, Messi missing an open goal for once.
With that said, it's no wonder people are shocked when Barca lose. That's a lot of things to get right in one night.
My 2 cents and 1 pence,