Sunday, 13 September 2020

The new formation is about moving the ball - Ronald Koeman

The new formation is about moving the ball - Ronald Koeman

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is concerned about his team moving the ball quickly and also defending as tight as possible.

Barcelona played a different formation 4-2-3-1 from what they are used to 4-3-3 in their friendly game against Gimnastic de Tarragona on Saturday.

It looks like a comfortable formation for the La Liga side as they won the game 3-1, with goals from Ousman Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, and Philippe Coutinho.

Speaking after the friendly game, Koeman explained why he will be playing the 4-2-3-1 formation and why it is the perfect formation for his side going forward.

"It may be different and somewhat more defensive than what has been seen in recent years, but the objective is to move the ball, hold on to it and find the spaces to play between the lines, and behind rival midfielders," Koeman said post-match.

"I think this team can do it because we have midfielders to play like that.

"The most important thing is that fortunately there have been no injuries. Everyone has played 45 minutes. There were moments of good intensity. There are always things to improve on but we're happy. We have been here for two weeks and we have two more to go.

"It is important that they already play because it is not a normal pre-season. We only have four weeks, not six. It is complicated. What we want to do now is physical work and in the next two weeks work on the tactical side more."

See highlights of the game below:

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