Koeman’s tactics in Levante win revealed,Gavi starts, Dest shines at LB:

Alfred Schreuder was in the dugout at Camp Nou against Levante in place of his boss Ronald Koeman.

The Dutch manager is serving a suspension he picked up against Cadiz. However, we know who Schreuder was taking his orders from.

Barcelona impressed and picked up a comfortable 3-0 win. However, Levante were also lacklustre on the day.

Take a look at Koeman’s tactics for the game:

First half – 4-3-3


Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Garcia, Pique, Dest; Nico, Busquets, Gavi; Coutinho, L. de Jong, Memphis

Despite Luuk de Jong starting in the attack, Koeman wanted his team to keep the ball on the floor this time and they did just that. No surprise L. De Jong scored his first Barca goal with his feet and not his head.

It was achieved with Gavi starting the game and seeing a lot of the ball in midfield. Coutinho also dropped deep to help the teenager when needed.

Dest absolutely dominated that left flank and made Levante suffer from his incisive forward runs. Schreuder could be heard encouraging him to venture forward. Hence, the assist from the American for Luuk.

Second half – 4-3-3 – Fati as false 9


Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Garcia, Pique, Dest; Nico, Busquets, Gavi; Demir, Fati, Memphis

We were paying attention to the changes Koeman made as this game drew to a close.

In the second half, Koeman replaced Mingueza with Araujo. That showed the Uruguayan can be an option at right-back.

There were changes in midfield and attack too. L. D. Jong was subbed for Fati who was allowed to drop into attacking midfield and pick up balls. Your regular false

Yusuf Demir also got his chance in the attack, partnering with Memphis.

The key thing about this game is that Barca kept the ball well and continued to press. More of that against Benfica is what’s needed.


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