FC Barcelona – Getafe: Vidal Saves Barca Blushes Against Compact Getafe (2-0)
LaLiga winners Barcelona relied on individual performances and were forced to adapt their approach along the way. Getafe had great chances to score, but failed to capitalize a below-par Barca, as they lose hold of their fourth spot in the table.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
With the league wrapped up and a Copa del Rey final in the books, Barcelona’s match at home against Getafe would suddenly be of great importance. The pressure on Ernesto Valverde has ramped up to new levels, following a shameful performance at Anfield. How Barcelona would react against LaLiga’s fourth-placed team might be pivotal for Valverde’s job at Camp Nou. Strange era we live in, in which a manager at a super club can win the title and still be under pressure for not winning the Champions League.
Valverde made two changes, Marc-André ter Stegen was replaced in goal for Jasper Cillenssen, whilst Malcom returned to the squad, in for Luis Suárez, rotating from the 4-4-2 formation used away to Liverpool, to a 4-3-3 shape.
Getafe’s season has gone from strength to strength, undoubtedly one of the surprise stories of the campaign. Based off an incredibly compact and strong defense, only Atlético Madrid have conceded less goals than José Bordalás’ team going into this match. Victory in Barcelona would all but confirm Champions League football for the first time ever next season, defeat could see Valencia or Sevilla back in contention. Getafe also made two changes to their starting line-up following a . . .