Defending Tactics of the Champions

By Stevie Grieve This post is the first of two looking at Barcelona’s methods and tactics from the Champions League Final versus Juventus. This week we look at Barcelona’s defending┬áprocess. Set Pieces; Pique the spare man in mixed marking system … Continue reading

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Allowing Freedom of Movement Within a Formation

By Stevie Grieve Despite the criticism of Luis Enrique this season, he has made an improvement on the work by Tata Martino last season, by re-introducing a pressing game and adding an aggressive offside trap, while finding a way to … Continue reading

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Triggers for the Offside Trap

By Stevie Grieve Luis Enrique took over at FC Barcelona in the summer and one of the first things he has done is make sure that the team are much more solid defensively than they have been in previous seasons. … Continue reading

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How to Defend Against Potent Attacking Teams

By Stevie Grieve In the Copa Del Rey final, Real Madrid went into the game against Barcelona confident of a win, even without Cristiano Ronaldo who mass missing due to injury, but with Bale and Benzema both capable of defending … Continue reading

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How to Exploit the Weakness – Even In a Good Defense

By Stevie Grieve In last weeks article, I looked at the recent Champions League match between Atletico de Madrid and Barcelona, which Atletico won 1-0. I look at their defensive set up and how they made it difficult for Barcelona … Continue reading

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How To Force Messi to Shoot From Distance

By Stevie Grieve In the recent Champions League Quarter Final clash, Barcelona drew 1-1 at home to Atletico de Madrid, and went into the 2nd game at the Vicente Calderon needing to score to have a chance at qualification for … Continue reading

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