In the last training session before the crucial UEFA Champions League away match, Barcelona’s coach, Luis Enrique, strove to play his cards to his chest.
He reportedly didn’t train with a tactical scheme, leaving open the question of whether Barcelona will play with a 3-4-3 or 4-3-3.
The 3-4-3 has produced better results lately but can easily leave the team open to attack. The 4-3-3 has been Barcelona’s bread-and-butter for over a decade.
The biggest complicating factor for the 3-4-3 is that Sergio Busquets is missing. Does that mean Javier Mascherano plays in the “pivot” role? If so, who replaces him on the right side of the three-man line? Jeremy Mathieu? Or do you play Andre Gomes in the Busquets role?
Did you feel that? That was the collective shudder Barcelona fans just felt hearing Mathieu or Gomes might start a knockout Champions League away match.