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Barça after the MSN connection: back to basics

How does FC Barcelona the departure of Neymar to catch? Sport/Voetbalmagazine went into the head of the new coach Ernesto Valverde.

Ernesto Valverde leading the training in Barcelona. © EFE

The departure of Neymar would be the weight of the attack what should reduce. Because of the extraordinary efficiency of the trio MSN the club has forced certain fundamental values of its spelidentiteit denied. Ernesto Valverde seemed almost to anticipate when he, from his first days at the head of the club, recalled that ‘the football of Barça is known for his collective and the play of the midfielders’. A useful reminder in a club where the individual notices of the trident to phase out the historic basis had forgotten: the positional game that Cruyff was placed, by Rijkaard re-launched and by Guardiola modernized.

The individual will not, of course, on the side to be pushed, since the best player in the world is still blaugrana bears. The greatest achievements in the history of Barça are built on a system where ten players to the smallest details, mechanized game played and at the same time one element of an absolute freedom of movement were: Cruyff had Laudrup , and then Romario, Rijkaard left Ronaldinho to shine, and Guardiola led Lionel Messi to the Pantheon of football history.

La Pulga will inevitably be a separate role under the direction of Valverde, who from his first press conference at number 10 with compliments lavished: ‘Messi training is a relief. Because if you come here as a visiting team, you think only of the way the wave is going to stop. And you always have players to short to stop him. Now do I need to adjust it to his way of training, and to take advantage of the way in which he does it.’

‘Spelersgroepen tolerate very well individuals who have solutions for the things to make, because they benefit from it’, analysed the trainer a few years ago when asked about the relationships between group and individual in a football team. And Messi is an inexhaustible source of solutions. The new Barça will, of course, around him are built. With a return of the aggressive pressing, and a football that will surely remind you of that of the early years of coach Valverde, completely different than what he is in Bilbao born. “We want to dominate, to have the initiative and an offensive game submit. We will be the best way to do that’, adds Txingurri again when he a look at the future. The 222 million euros from the sale of Neymar should the club allow him the necessary material for the construction of a new succescyclus, might also be the last of the era-Messi.

Read the full report about Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona in our Plus-zone or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 9 August.

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