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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde reportedly considering returning to 4-4-2

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Is a change in formation on the cards?

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Ernesto Valverde has plenty to think about after a couple of poor results with Barcelona and some tough-looking fixtures ahead against Athletic Bilbao, Tottenham and Valencia.

The boss has apparently been considering returning to a 4-4-2 in a bid to improve his team’s stuttering form, well that’s what Marca reckon anyway.

Valverde used the formation last season as Barcelona won the Double. However, it wasn’t completely popular with supporters who wanted to see Barca playing 4-3-3.

The team have reverted to that formation this season but, so far at least, it’s not really quite worked out, and Barcelona don’t look all that comfortable.

After drawing with Girona and losing to Leganes the pressure is on this weekend to return to winning ways against Athletic.

The report reckons Valverde is considering playing 4-4-2 to help out Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele and try to get the best out of the Frenchman.

It remains to be seen if that will happen, or if Valverde will persist with the same tactics he’s employed this season. One thing is for sure though, Barcelona need to improve after an embarrassing loss to Leganes last time out.

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