Tactical breakdown of Valencia 1-1 Barca - football

Tactical breakdown of Valencia 1-1 Barca

A closer look at the Mestalla match-up In front of a packed crowd at the Mestalla, Barcelona faced Valencia in what turned out to be a pivotal early season La Liga duel.
With a run of three La Liga games without a win, Barcelona needed to start orchestrating a win streak to gain ground in the league table. Add to the fact that Real Madrid lost to Alaves and this all but felt like a must-win game for Barca. On the other hand, Valencia desperately needed a win of any kind. Under Marcelino, they have struggled to win games this season with five draws in seven matches. For a team that spent over ?100 million last summer, they needed to start performing like a top Spanish team.
From the release of the starting lineup, it was evident that Ernesto Valverde really liked what he saw from the team against Tottenham on Wednesday. In that game, Valverde rolled out a midfield consisting of Rakitic, Busquets and Arthur while Coutinho moved up to play as a left winger. The move was justified as the game progressed considering Tottenham were pressing throughout. The addition of Arthur neutralized Tottenham?s press with his quick passes and ability to maneuver out of tight spaces while Coutinho moved freely on the wing. Thus, Barca were able to capitalize with successive counter-attacks. In the fixture against Valencia, Valverde used the same lineup with the exception of Vermaelen starting over Lenglet. With this team, Valverde hoped to see the same success as against Tottenham wit...
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