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Three things Ernesto Valverde needs to do against Eibar

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Time to play manager!

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Barcelona have managed to remain undefeated so far in La Liga, but the going isn’t all good.

While the switch to a 4-4-2 was spectacular for the first half of the season, the goals are slowly drying up.

Barcelona have been dependent on individual brilliance in the past few games and their stalemate with Getafe was uninspiring, at best.

With that said, here are three things Ernie should do to turn the tables.

1. Switch to a 4-3-3

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After the constant debate on which formation suited Barcelona best at the start of the season, things have settled down quite a bit. While Ernie’s formula has led to his undefeated streak, it has come at a cost. Barcelona have not been able to create as much as they did in the initial matchdays. So what’s next? Bring back the 4-3-3!

We all love it, and it utilises most of our players in their best positions. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are better in the final third, than when stuck on defensive duties out wide. A 4-3-3 will also allow the big-money duo to cut in and take a chance.

2. Start Nelson Semedo

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Nelson Semedo has seen his playing time reduced significantly. Even though Sergi Roberto is not a full-back, he is currently doing a better job of operating on the flank than the Portuguese. Despite all this, Roberto cannot stretch play as well as his competition and therein lies the problem. Eibar have seen their fortunes turn and their energy could limit Roberto.

Semedo, on the other hand, could create chances on their short pitch with his ability to hug the touchline. While his chances of starting are limited, it should still be an option.

3. Rest Andres Iniesta

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As the business-end of the season arrives, Barcelona are yet to falter. Andres Iniesta has been a massive presence throughout the season and the captain has often slowed the pace to give Barcelona comfort on the ball.

In recent weeks, however, Iniesta has looked tired and it is almost a certainty that he will be taken off at some point in the match.

With crucial games coming up, Ernie needs to protect his captain and Coutinho and Roberto should be in contention for Iniesta’s spot tomorrow. If the club have high ambitions this season, then running one of your best players into the ground will not do any good.