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Teams of the Decade #2: Barcelona, 2008/09

March 24, 2010
Teams of the Decade #2: Barcelona, 2008/09

What more can you say about this Barcelona side? European champions, La Liga champions and Copa Del Rey winners, all in the first season under the charge of Pep Guardiola. And they didn’t do it by merely winning games, they did it by winning in style, making them perhaps the most universally respected side...
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Is Barcelona’s alternative shape really a 4-2-4?

March 19, 2010
Is Barcelona’s alternative shape really a 4-2-4?

Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side have generally played with a 4-3-3 since he took over nearly two years ago. His natural ‘plan B’ last season was to switch his striker, Samuel Eto’o, with his outside-right, Lionel Messi. Barcelona aren’t able to do that this season, because Eto’o has left the club, and been replaced by Zlatan...
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Champions League pass completion statistics – Barca and Real dominate again

March 18, 2010
Champions League pass completion statistics – Barca and Real dominate again

As in the first leg, the pass completion percentages favours the big two Spanish clubs – Barcelona in first place, Real Madrid in second place. On the other end of the scale, the bottom two – Fiorentina and Lyon – are also the same as in the first leg. But again, the most noticeable thing here...
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Barcelona 4-0 Stuttgart: Guardiola’s alternative shape proves successful for the second time in four days

March 17, 2010
Barcelona 4-0 Stuttgart: Guardiola’s alternative shape proves successful for the second time in four days

Fascinating that Pep Guardiola continued to use Barcelona’s ‘alternative’ system – the 4-2-4ish formation they played in the second half against Valencia at the weekend – to great effect. Zlatan Ibramimovic (banned for the weekend game) was available again, but Guardiola opted for Thierry Henry instead.
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Barcelona 3-0 Valencia – a Messi masterclass, but credit to Guardiola and Henry

March 14, 2010
Barcelona 3-0 Valencia – a Messi masterclass, but credit to Guardiola and Henry

A fascinating game in terms of tactics here, because Barcelona were awful in the first half. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended and Thierry Henry on the bench, the Messi-Bojan-Pedro trio looked too lightweight and one-dimensional to cause Valencia’s backline significant problems. It took a dramatic half-time change from Guardiola to turn things around.
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