Wednesday, 15 February 2017


yesterday barcelona played PSG in their home and had one of their worst defeat in the modern era . in football not only are the tactics  important but also executing it properly requires the coach making the playes understand their role plus there are many a small detail that go into executing the tactics correctly . for e.g lets take messi for  instance in yesterday's game . when pressed messi would like to get the better of the opposition player pressing and show his superiority in one on one situation . unay emre had deduced this and he just had a plan to nullify messi . he would ask one of his players to press messi who would definitely come out of top against him but the trouble is that the ball is knocked slightly away which gives chance to another player who is just behind the first to sweep and take away the possession ( i will try to explain it in the figure. ) . whoever plays football does knows this . another thing is that in football your athletic ability and physicality . i read sergio busquestus saying that psg were physically better than them but then havent barcelona played better physical team than them in the past and giving such a reason doesnt show very good for busquetus .
psg started the game with 4-3-3 formation even though it was shown that psg were playing with 4-2-3-1 formation but it was the former . while barcelona played with a 4-4-1-1 formation where on messi started behind suarez in the middle and they had ditched the 4-3-3 which made them successful 2 years before . for the first time in his life i think iniesta played in the middle two with busquetus as his partner . barcelona were trying to stretch psg so that messi can find spaces in the centre to work his magic  or vice versa . the trouble was that psg have players who are better athletes and can cover more grass than barca players who are still sticking with some old players who have past their prime and that is seen in their game . psg's game plan was simple they were trying to work a zone and trying to overload it and it can seen in number of times draxler playing a pass inside the box and missing it . unay emrey had arrived this summer and has brought the spanish mentality with him of pressing high and trying to win the possession and how to do the pressing properly . earlier it was only pressing but in these days the opposition are prepared for that and they play the ball crisply and get out of it . teams like to play out of the back because it stretches the game . the reason being that it stretches the game. secondly when the opposition come out to press you it leaves gaps in their defense too which can be exploited if you can move the ball quickly from back to front . 
the tactics were very clear from psg that they were going to press but with a plan they would wait for the ball to come into the midfield and then press and then go all out . the good thing about psg is that they had better athletes than barcelona on the field and could press better and emery had got them a plan as to how they are going to do that properly . the trouble with barcelona was that they had only two in the midfield and they were getting them outnumbered so messi decided to drop deep and help the middle two to move the ball . but as i had said that psg had the plan for him and they executed perfectly on him . psg's plan was perfectly clear they were going to sit back and hit barcelona on the counter and exploit the spaces that were left . i think they bought a page from jupp heynecks tactics book who would like to have his wide players cross into others zone just to overload that zone and take the ball deeper into oppositions half . you could see di maria and draxler making diagonal runs and trying to overload the zones and take the ball deeper . the most important facet was that psg players were better in one on one exchanges and that tells all .
now both matuidi and rabiot had a very good game with di maria also scoring two goals but the pick of the bunch for me who really conducted the game and really showed a midfield masterclass for me was veratti and really showed as to how good no.6 should be . look at the number of times he intercepted the ball but the most important facet of his game is the number of times he was able to pick out a player between the lines with di maria especially who would drift inside and verattti was able to pick him with accuracy . the best thing about him was that he was able to disguise his passes and the opposition just  couldnt read his game . he was the best of the lot for me in this game .
barcelona tried to change the things in the second half when they bought gomes inside to make the midfield three and tried to compete with psg but the psg team was just better in all respect to barcelona . they iniesta is passes his prime and it can be seen in the third goal which di maria scored when he should had strided back to help his defense when di maria was trying to explore his zone . iniesta was just couldnt handle the pace of the game and seemed too slow for it .
i watched the game till veratti was on the field and then i slept .