The new coach brought a new way of playing in a very short time in charge

FC Barcelona may be a different beast under Quique Setién. the previous Real Betis manager has given Barcelona’s style a facelift, without necessarily changing personnel. Out is Ernesto Valverde’s more cautious approach, and a return to a good more possession-focused style is in its place.

Valverde’s Barcelona already dominated possession ninefold out of ten, but Setién’s men take it a step further. They made more passes last weekend than the other team since the Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova years. This Barça is all about control. Granada were happy to step off and park the bus, and that they did so pretty successfully, to be fair. But they were undone within the end by a Lionel Messi strike after an excellent little bit of build-up play.

Setién didn’t necessarily pick a team too different than Valverde would. With Arthur just returning from injury, and Luis Suárez and Frenkie de Jong out, the alternatives Setién made were logical. Yet, even with a two midfielders known a minimum of the maximum amount for his or her industry as their ability on the ball, Barcelona kept the ball very effectively. Ivan Rakitić and Arturo Vidal did their jobs, although you are feeling Setién is trying to find a flash to travel back to Arthur and De Jong as starters.

The only real novelty is that of Riqui Puig. The youngster had been kept out of the most team by Valverde, but Setién immediately brought him into the fold. That paid dividends as Puig was great in his role off the bench.

Setién also tinkered with the team’s shape. It’s a matter of debate, actually, whether he changed the formation or not. there have been two ways you’ll have read the lineup, as a 4-3-3 or 3-4-3. That depends on whether you saw Sergi Roberto as a defender or as a conservative fullback. In truth, perhaps he played something of a hybrid role.

Jordi Alba was given license to motor forward, while Roberto stuck by on his side. Antoine Griezmann was on the left, but with Alba in support, he was cutting inside constantly. Meanwhile, Ansu Fati, on the proper side of attack, gave the team width as Roberto didn’t usually go up to supply it.

Interestingly, Sergi Roberto and Samuel Umtiti almost had reflection heatmaps and passmaps. this means that they were both playing as central defenders. Both Roberto and Umtiti have guile on the ball, ready to bring the botch or pass it to create from the rear .

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