Barcelona – Getafe: Setién trumps Bordalás in another fiery managerial exchange (2-1)
If pitting second against third is not enough, then this reignited managerial feud between two managers should do the trick. Quique Setién’s previous frustrations were - to his relief - laid to rest for now after seeing José Bordalás’s side off in almost convincing fashion. Some very astute - but definitely needed - in-game tweaks were what provided Barcelona the edge, but an edge they almost let slip through their fingers.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter Munnelly.
As the pressure mounts on Setién to keep up pace with Real Madrid, his side were able to respond to their rival’s prior win at Osasuna last weekend by seeing off Real Betis 3-2. From the chosen eleven in that match, four changes were made.
Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto stepped into the fullback positions, whilst Arthur replaced Arturo Vidal in the midfield three, and Ansu Fati returned to the attack following the reversion from a diamond formation to Barça’s synonymous 4-3-3 shape.
On the back of four straight league wins, including a resounding 3-0 swatting of Valencia last weekend, the third-placed side were in pursuit of their first victory over Barcelona since 2011.
Only two adjustments were made by Bordalás as Allan Nyom dropped from right midfield to right back, seeing the inclusion of Stoke City-loanee and defensive-midfielder-by-trade Oghenekaro Etebo in that wide midfield slot ahead of Damián Suárez.
Getafe lay all their cards on the table . . .