One step back to take more forward passes. This was Barca de Setién against the Leganés. Because although the Cantabrian, in order not to hurt his self-esteem, tried to disguise at the end of the match by saying that over the course of 90 minutes he had considered recovering the pasty system used in the first three games, it is indisputable that he crossed. On the fourth day, the crushing events forced him to turn back and give up the 3-5-2 to recover Valverde’s 4-3-3 and so many other technicians. A clever setback, because it was seen in leagues that Barca were not going anywhere with the first system that Setién had in his head.
A decision that allowed us to see a more vibrant and vertical Barca, which gave 6.45% more forward passes than on the coach’s debut. On the first day of Setién, against Granada, the Azulgrana gave 1005 passes of which only 203 went forward, 20.2 percent. This Thursday, against the Leganés, Barca passed the ball 844 passes and 225 went forward, a 26.65.
The increase, of 6.45, is significant. But it was also tangible to the naked eye. A much more vertical and deep team. It was proved by the first goal play. After blaming lynoses for a band in the first few games, Semedo, side in the defense of four, came to the baseline and found Griezmann. The midfielders risked much more on the passes and Barca were much more stretched wide in the field, which allowed Messi to find more spaces and participate in the five blue-stakes.
One of the most applauded virtues of Semion is knowing how to take advantage of the characteristics of its players. And it’s obvious that Barca footballers are more at ease in that scheme. That Semedo and Alba are lateral, they Pique And Lenglet they are understood by marking the line with each other. Also that Busquets is more comfortable playing only in the center position rather than in an online media jam. So what Ansu it’s not a lanekeeper, it’s extreme. Extremes, that commandment of cruyffism to which Setién had renounced and to which he happily returned against the Leganés. The ends facilitate one-on-one, the superiorities and the entrance of the sides when they enter inside. Messi and Griezmann played freely and understanding was detected between the two. The portrait of the midfielders was also fresher and more complementary. One, Busi, position. Other De Jong, something still lost, but back and forth and undisputed ability. And another for the brega, recovery and arrival in the area, Arturo Vidal. In the distance, it seemed a much more reasonable Barca than in the early days of Setién.
Barca, of course, also had mismatches in defence and the Leganés came to Ter Stegen with some comfort. But that’s what was sold with The arrival of Setién. Fun and more risk. Rival’s arrivals, but many more of their own. The Barca performed 25 good actions in the opposite area and finished 14 times from within the action zone of Cuéllar. Despite the weakness of the opponent, he was somewhat pleased with the body of his people, who had disheartened with their first matches. It can be said that Setién took a step back so that he could move forward more times.