According to a report in Diario Sport, Luis Enrique will line-up with three central defenders in the upcoming match against Real Madrid.
A word of caution: the report had no named author and no named sources. However, it stated the plan as a matter of fact, not speculation. Read here, if you’d like.
The idea is that Samuel Umtiti will energize the team coming back from injury, but that both Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano deserve their place in the team.
Because of that, Sergi Roberto would be sacrificed, and Barcelona would play with three defenders.
On the left flank, Jordi Alba - or if he’s not fit, Lucas Digne - will be tasked with flying up and down the pitch.
Meanwhile, Ivan Rakitić would be tasked with more defensive work on the right side, trying to stop Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sergio Busquets is automatic, while the return of Andrés Iniesta is a fundamental piece of the plan.
Of course, we will see Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez, and Neymar upfront.
The team would try to replicate the successful tactics used against Manchester City in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory.
I will say though, that in that match, Mascherano played more as a right-back than it being a true back three.
So will it be Mascherano either as part of a back three or as a right back? Or will it be a more normal formation? We shall see.
But in any case, is it a good idea?