Barça appeared to be in very bad shape during their defeat at Valencia, the first since the arrival of Quique Setién. The new coach is already in a hurry to find solutions while the locker room seems to have trouble adapting to the new scheme.
No, the arrival of Quique Setién does not change overnight. Despite the change of coach, Barça is still struggling in this 2019/2020 season.
The first two meetings with the former Betis already showed some difficulty. The ultra domination in the possession of the ball brought nothing to the Blaugranas who had to rely on a rescue of Messi against Granada and a double Griezmann against Ibiza (3rd Spanish division) in the King’s Cup.
The reality of the moment quickly returned to the face of the Catalans from the first real test against Valencia.
Against the Ches, Barça could have played for hours without finding the fault. “There are things that prevented us from going further. We made a lot of useless passes ” conceded a Setien already put under pressure by his locker room to believe the Spanish media. The transition from traditional 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 is not at all assimilated. “We have to try to correct things” admits the one who therefore recorded his first defeat with his new club 2-0.
The tactical scheme poses questions today, especially since it does not necessarily have the players to evolve in this new system.
The choice of Sergio Roberto in this three-way defense did not convince many people. He appeared in difficulty by regularly showing positioning problems. He would probably have been in a better comfort zone by being used in the role of right piston, occupied by an Ansu Fati in great difficulties this weekend.
Gerard Pique seems to be in trouble physically. It is also for this reason that Barça is particularly slow in raising when a Clément Lenglet is moping on the bench.
Also in the middle, the Barcelonians suffered. Physically eaten by the doublet Kondogbia-Coquelin, De Jong and Arthur may have held the ball, they did not find solutions and did not even finish the game.
Finally before, the absence of Luis Suarez poses a real problem of verticality. There is no longer a professional attacker.
Associated with Griezmann, Messi remains the offensive reference but he must adapt to this new, more axial positioning where he does not have the same freedom as starting from the right side. We will soon have to find tactical solutions for Quique Setién and it starts from Thursday in the King’s Cup against Leganés .