New boss Ronald Koeman has reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation since replacing Quique Setien at the helm, using De Jong and Sergio Busquets as his double pivot.
It’s a system De Jong knows pretty well and he says he feel more comfortable playing there rather than in a more advanced position.
“I think in my nature as a player, I want to receive the ball early in the play and to set up the play. I think that’s more my style of play than waiting for the ball and receiving it up front, and touching the ball less.
“I think I feel more comfortable in the pivot position than high up front, but I can also play high up front. It doesn’t matter for me so much but, if I had to choose, I would rather play as a double pivot than, for example, as a mediapunta (false nine).”
Source | UEFA
The Barca boss will also need to decide who to play in midfield. The game sees Miralem Pjanic come up against his former team and he may get the nod alongside De Jong after Busquets really struggled in El Clasico.