Barcelona’s academy, La Masia, is well-known to the footballing world. After all, it is the same academy that produced players like Lionel Messi, Xavi Hernández or Andres Iniesta, among many others who went on to become one of the best on the planet.

But despite that, their younger crop of players rarely get enough attention these days as the world has just slightly forgotten about them. Their second team, Barcelona B, currently compete in Segunda División B, the third rank in Spanish football, and are lead by García Pimienta.

This tactical analysis scout report will aim to give you the tactics and team analysis of Barcelona B and their most prominent characteristics in both attack and defence and will share what similarities the young Barcelona players have with that of the senior team.

Team overview

Generally speaking, Barcelona B are in many ways the reflection of what the senior team is, or at least, what the whole philosophy of the club should be. Pimienta very much bases his tactics on positional play and awareness, possession-based football and quick exchanges and passage of the ball.

His players are mostly all extremely mobile and versatile, often swapping places, moving around the pitches and not dwelling on the ball. Of course, individuals do sometimes get the spotlight with the likes of Riqui Puig, Abel Ruiz or Jandro Orellana, but the tiki-taka Barcelona way is very much present in the squad ever since Pimienta took over the team.

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