The Tactics of FC Barcelona: Regaining Order and Overcoming Strong Defenses
Pedro Takes Center Stage in Midfield
SCHEDULE AND TV BROADCAST FOR BARÇA – ALAVÉS
FC Barcelona welcomes Alavés at the Olímpic Lluís Companys stadium today. This comes after two disappointing matches with different outcomes. A victory against Real Sociedad in Anoeta with Araujo leading the team, and a narrow defeat against Shakhtar Donetsk in Hamburg.
The Blaugrana are obliged to react and rediscover their good form. Xavi Hernández has made it clear that it is a moment of training and the focus is on restoring order on the field to improve both attacking and defensive aspects of the game.
Xavi acknowledges that some changes need to be made within the team. One of Barcelona’s recurring problems has been conceding goals, which may prompt Xavi to make adjustments in defense. Araujo could move to the right side, allowing Koundé and Iñigo Martínez to form the central defense partnership. In the midfield, Balde or Cancelo could be deployed on the wings, considering Balde’s recent form.
Xavi emphasizes the need for the team to regain its attacking prowess. To achieve this, Alavés will be faced with a more central presence in midfield, with Oriol Romeu, and more creative playmakers like Gundogan and Pedri. Pedri, who has been in good form, is expected to start in the midfield alongside Gundogan. Fermin can then come on as a substitute, allowing Gundogan to return to his natural position.
Xavi also stresses the importance of generating more opportunities for Lewandowski. One way to achieve this is by utilizing the wingers more effectively, especially considering that Alavés will likely defend deep with many players. Lamine Yamal, who has featured in the last four matches, could regain his starting position and reunite with Lewandowski and Joao Félix in the attack.