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Our Take On Barcelona’s Loss To PSG (Koeman’s Poor Choice)

Ronald Koeman's Barcelona lined up with a very much predictable team with a 4-3-3 formation.

Marc-andre Ter Stegen in goal, Sergino Dest at RB, Just returned Gerard Pique paired with Clement Lenglet at CB and Jordi Alba at LB. Sergio Busquets at pivot midfield while Pedri and Frenkie De Jong at advanced midfield roles. Antoinne Griezmann from the left, Ousmanne Dembele from the right and Lionel Messi leading the lines.

Clear selection errors and Individual misplacement In the game.

This formation and squad list is so much similar to the team that faced bayern and liverpool in previous UCL seasons. Ronald koeman left with few defensive options, he took a gamble to start pique who to us wasn't ready for the game. Koeman went for experience but it let him down. Sergio busquets as we've seen over the years has had his best years behind him, he doesn't look sharp at all throughout his duration on the pitch. Ter stegen made some vital saves in the game but still looked nervous. Sergino Dest did well in trying to contain Mbappe who had to go more central to hit Barcelona. Lenglet has had a very difficult season so far with so many errors and clear laziness in performing his duty. Alba though good going forward but in the game he was so toothless, he caused only very little problems to PSG. De Jong has been one of the stand-out players for Barcelona throughout the season and he had his impact in the game. Pedri even though he has been overworked by koeman still played his part in the game. Pique has formed a very week partnership with Lenglet. Dembele's indecisiveness caught up with him yesterday again, he missed a very vital opportunity to put the game to rest in the first half but squanderd it. Griezmann was lost once again in the game, his runs ween't precise enough in the game. Lionel Messi didn't look himself in the game from the first half, he wasn't as involved as he used to be.

Koeman made a very needless substitution of Dest for Young Oscar Mingueza. In a very huge game as this, you need a very commanding full back. With the inclusion on Riqui Puig, Miralem Pjanic, Francisco Trincao and Martin Braithwaite, the game had a different flow in barca's part. 

 

The formation Koeman elected to go with was okay but his team selection was so poor.

Levelzloaded ideal formation would see the likes of Pique, Lenglet, Busquets out of the team.

We would go with:

Gk: Ter Stegen

Rb: Dest

Lb: Alba

Cb1: Mingueza

Cb2: Umtiti (since Araujo is absent)

Dmf: De Jong

Amf: Pedri

Amf2: Puig

Rwf: Messi

Lwf: Dembele

Cf: Braithwaite

Selection Review:

Our choice of selection is based on present forms. Though Umtiti isn't very much electric but with Mingueza, we believe the CB would be cool. Mingueza's pace would compliment Umtiti's sluggishness. If Araujo was available, it would have been Mingueza/Araujo at CB. Our Amf Pariring of Pedri and Puig is as a result of their willingness and fighting spirit, ability to pick out forward passes. With De Jong holding the midfield, he could support the defense too instead of using him as a CB. Busquets has very little impacts on games and his role should be massively cut down. With a CF's presence in the box, Dembele would find it easy if he can't get around the players enough. There would be someone to cross to.

With a change in team selection Barca could avoid another round of UCL humiliation.

What's Your take on our choice and selection?

 

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