Barcelona vs Manchester United SQUAWKA TACTICS – Barcelona Video



published: 2019-04-15 10:58:42

Barcelona vs Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League! It’s time for SQUAWKA TACTICS!!!
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Statman Dave looks at how Man Utd can overcome Barcelona at Camp Nou in the Champions League quarter final!

Lead by the greatest player in the world in Lionel Messi, Barcelona were always going to be an incredibly difficult team for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United to overcome. However in their 1-0 victory last week, Ernesto Valverde’s reigning Spanish champions looked fairly average – with Ole Gunnar Solskjær devising a game plan that kept Lionel Messi and a stellar supporting cast of Philippe Coutinho & Luis Suarez relatively quiet but for that vital away goal.

Whilst Barcelona are a different team on home turf, Manchester United know that if they get their tactics right on the night that they have a genuine chance of going through to the semi-final.

As they did in the second leg against PSG, I’d expect Man Utd to make a change in their shape going into the away leg of this tie. Ole Gunnar Solskjær deployed a 3-5-2 at Old Trafford to mixed effect. The system limited Lionel Messi’s Influence significantly, with the Argentinian genius not managing a single shot from open play in 90 minutes, which is astounding given that he averages 5.4. The system that Solskjær used at home also brought the best out of that central midfield pairing of Scott McTominay and Fred: the latter impressing with how often he was able to stop Barcelona’s counter-attacks and win possession, and the former looking astonishingly comfortable rolling the pressure.

However that system failed to do two key things on the night: stop Barcelona building up and create genuine chances for Man Utd. In order to do these things, Solskjær may opt for more of a 3-4-1-2 system in Spain, which would look like this: David De Gea; Victor Lindelöf, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly; Ashley Young, Scott McTominay, Fred, Diogo Dalot; Paul Pogba; Anthony Martial & Marcus Rashford.

This system would be more effective in pressing Barcelona’s back line and could force them to go long to what is an aerially subpar attack, something Man Utd have to make them do if they’re to have any hope of winning this tie. Manchester United of course have the unenviable task once again of trying to limit Lionel Messi’s influence on this game, and Victor Lindelöf is likely to be the man in that regard. The Swedish international has generally dealt with mobile and tricky forwards in his time at Man Utd so far, and is quite simply Manchester United’s best centre half, too. With Luke Shaw picking up that untimely suspension, expect Lindelöf to be the man tasked with limiting Lionel Messi here.

But what about creating chances? Manchester United didn’t have a single shot on target in the first leg, and need to rethink their attacking structure ahead of the away leg. Bringing in Anthony Martial for Romelu Lukaku here makes a lot of sense. Anthony Martial is at his best with the ball at his feet, and likes to come deep to pick up the ball before driving at his defender, which should give Manchester United a little bit more impetus in the final third. As well as this, the two goals that Paul Pogba scored against West Ham on the weekend will surely have an impact – the Frenchman has tended to score in bursts this season, and will be desperate to ensure people come away from the tie talking about him rather than Lionel Messi.

It’s an uphill task against the Spanish champions for Manchester United, but is anybody ruling out Ole Gunnar Solskjær pulling off an unlikely comeback at Camp Nou?

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  1. Barcelona vs Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League! It's time for SQUAWKA TACTICS!!! Can Man Utd perform another miracle?
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  2. Just found the youtube channel, already followed you guys on twitter. Really detailed and unbiased analysis, great visuals too. Subscribed!

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  3. Barcelona will win comfortably

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  4. Is the second leg United do it again as usual.

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  5. We gonna do the impossible comeback as usual go go go United

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  6. bet you squawka wont like this. what is "squawka btw

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  7. Such an underrated channel…

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  8. Loving your videos…
    Dave,
    Could you please analyse this tactical game plan and also provide additional analysis to it, in your next video?

    4-4-2 diamond
    CBs give freedom for LB and RB to play as wing backs thus controlling the flanks, DMF supports the CBs, LM and RM play in a slightly central role to fill the holes in the midfield and also support the WBs, AMF stimulates transition from defence to attack, SS supports the midfield and the CF, and CF plays as an advanced striker…
    This formation is extremely flexible and can be flexed into a 2-3-5, 3-4-3, 3-5-2, 4-4-2 flat, 4-3-3, 4-2-4, 5-3-2, 5-2-3…etc…
    The players must play with full intensity, optimism, humility, discipline, as a single team, and take each match as an opportunity to learn…
    So

    The team

    GK
    LWB
    CB
    CB
    RWB
    DMF
    LM
    RM
    AMF
    SS
    CF

    And also, which 11 young players of the current generation would fit in this system best?

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  9. NEVER SAY DIE 😈 down but not out

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  10. Enough with the 3 at the back. 4-3-1-2; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Dalot, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku.

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  11. Rojo at left-back instead of Young pls I beg.

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  12. Utd have to have a good first half and get a early goal

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  13. AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!!!

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  14. You be the next Manchester United manager

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  15. It ain’t over till the fat lady sings! GGMU!!!

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  16. Most of Barca's players didn't play at the weekend

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  17. 2 more penalties and Manu are through. Pogba is new penaldo 😅

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  18. Play Marcos rojo instead of Ashley Young he's the only one who will know how to deal with Lionel Messi

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  19. Just made them playing with high intensity

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  20. clearly doesn't watch Barcelona

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  21. If Martial work rate sucks. If he stars, We get beaten from 1st minute.

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  22. 7 games with 3 at the back: 5 losses, 2 draws. 4-3-3 Young-Smalling-Lindelof-Dalot Pogba-McTominay-Fred Martial-Rashford-Lukaku

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  23. Um why not just not play young

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  24. Camp nu is the worst place to go and attack. Lets see what United got

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  25. Great video as always. I have a tactical analysis of the first leg on my channel, lets see if Ole can learn from the first leg.
    Check it out guys 🙂

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  26. Shouldn't united hire him as an assistant coach?

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  27. Nothing new in it…when busquets struggles barça's defence struggles

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  28. Dembele will make the difference mark my words….with dembele barça are an all together different team!

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  29. DDG; Lindelof, Smalling, Young; Rashford, Matic, Fred, Dalot, Pogba; Sanchez, Lukaku. The league is more important, so if it was me, I reckon take a gamble and make them doubt our system…. Start Sanchez – could be a proper menace if we employ him central, get him to press Busquets and use rashford's workrate to make him a wingback for the night. Sanchez holding up the ball in the left channels, rashford running beyond or inside. Lukaku is a right side forward, and would have dalot running beyond, with Sanchez, Fred and Pogba in the channels. Just what i'd try… I don't think for one second, Ole would play this though!

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