Tactical breakdown of Barca 0-1 Athletic - football

Tactical breakdown of Barca 0-1 Athletic



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A closer look at Friday?s La Liga opener Last season, Barcelona failed to beat Athletic Bilbao as they drew twice in both league games. Among the two contests, their 0-0 draw with the Basque side was one of significance because of how they performed. Even with their usual dominance of possession, they were for the most part bland in the attack.
Six months later, Barca once again faced Bilbao at the San Mames in a fixture that was not much different; it was almost like watching a replay.
This time around, the only difference was that they fell victim to a late goal by Athletic Bilbao club legend Aritz Aduriz in what was the first time since 2009 that Barca lost the first game of a league season. The fixture was supposed to be one to remember with the club debuts of Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong, but it soon became one to forget. First Half

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After Sunday?s impressive 4-0 pre-season win against Napoli, manager Ernesto Valverde decided to have that same starting 11 face Athletic. This meant that in this 4-3-3 setup, Griezmann started the game out on the wing, but he also had the freedom to move inside and interchange with Suarez up front as the main centre-forward. More importantly, Roberto, De Jong and Alena featured as the midfield trio. However, the success of their friendly against Napoli did not carry over because of the team...
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