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Koeman explains why he switched tactics for Barcelona’s trip to Sevilla

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The Dutchman’s changes paid off

Sevilla FC v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman was full of praise for his Barcelona team after Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win over Sevilla in La Liga.

Goals from Ousmane Dembele and Lionel Messi gave Barca all three points and moved the team into second place in the table.

Koeman changed his system for the game, using three center-backs, and spoke about his decision to switch tactics after the match.

“We tried to pressure the opponent, and playing with three centre-backs and full-backs pressed high made it easier for us to not let Sevilla play. That’s been the key. It’s a risky system, but without the ball we pressed and tried to play one-on-one. Our game off the ball was key. It was a complete game.

“It’s been a good change that we’ve seen in 2021, although we lost points at the beginning. Today we’ve show that we’re still very much alive and that’s very important. I’m proud, especially regarding the physical aspect. They have a physically very strong team and we were able to match them off the ball, and with the ball we were very good, very calm.”

Source | Marca

Barca’s new system worked well and the visitors could even have had more goals. It will be interesting to see now if Koeman stick with the formation when the teams meet again on Wednesday or changes things again.