Getafe – FC Barcelona: Attacking talent the difference for Barcelona against well-drilled Getafe (1-2)

Getafe came out with a plan to press and block Barcelona for as long as they could, while making the most of whatever possession they could get. For large parts of the game this worked, but individual ability, good game management and a bit of luck was enough for the champions to extend their lead at the top of LaLiga.

Tactical analysis by Martyn Davis

Getafe have been one of the surprise teams in LaLiga so far and found themselves in seventh place going into this game. A style based on defensive solidity has allowed them to punch above their weight and give any team a hard time. Against Barcelona, they set up in their usual 4-4-2 formation, with Jaime Mata and Ángel up front. Their other key striker, Jorge Molina, was left on the bench.

Barcelona have had a season of mixed emotions. On one hand, they find themselves top of the league and are favorites to retain the title. But on the other, performances have dipped from last season and Ernesto Valverde remains under pressure to strike a productive balance with an aging squad. Luis Suárez led the lines at Getafe with Ousmane Dembélé and Lionel Messi flanking him on either side. A staggered midfield of Ivan Rakitić, Arthur and Arturo Vidal backed up the three-pronged attack.


Barcelona’s interesting possession structure leads to lopsided defensive movements

While Valverde’s side lined up in a 4-3-3 on paper, their formation in possession was something else entirely. Rakitić dropped between the two center-backs who split wide to form a back three. Arthur . . .

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Martyn Davis (20) is an aspiring coach and analyst who spends his time reading, learning and — more recently — writing about football tactics. He is a Liverpool fan who primarily watches the Premier League but tries to broaden his tactical horizons by watching as many different leagues and teams as possible. He writes for his own football blog as well as Between the Posts. [ View all posts ]

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