- Valverde’s Barça faced a lot of structural problems against Conte’s 3-4-3
- Barça’s positional plus was totally handled by Chelsea’s defensive animation
- Transition phases made a difference on both goals…
- … And could have cost more to Barça
Barça’s positional play handled by Chelsea’s defence
Organized in last year’s 3-4-3 that led them to the Premier League title, Londoners shown their defensive strength: a zonal 5-4-1 which totally nullified Barça’s use of the ball.
Barça lined up in 4-4-1-1, with Paulinho and Iniesta as inside wingers, behind Messi and Suarez, and in front of Busquets – Rakitic as doble pivote. As usual, Alba and Sergi Roberto were operating very high on the wings to stretch opposition defence.
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