Barcelona marked the end of their La Liga campaign at the Camp Nou just the way they started it: with a victory. But it was a rather frail 2:0 game for the Catalans against Getafe in a gloomy atmosphere of their fortress instead of a captivating finale in front of their celebrating fans. This tactical analysis will analyse how Barcelona recuperated after a heavy loss in the Champions League to see the Camp Nou off with a win.
Starting XI: Cillessen – Sergi, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba – Rakitić, Busquets, Vidal – Malcom, Messi, Coutinho
Bench: Ter Stegen, Lenglet, Todibo, Semedo, Aleñá, Puig, Ruiz
Coach: Ernesto Valverde
Starting XI: Soria, Damián Suárez, Dakonam, Cabrera, Olivera, Foulquier, Shibasaki, Arambarri, Maksimović, Molina, Rodríguez
Bench: Chichizola, Miquel, Portillo, Flamini, Samu Sáiz, Cristóforo, Duro
Coach: Pepe Bordalás
It was quite surprising to see Ernesto Valverde’s team selection considering all the events that transpired recently and even more importantly, now that La Liga is long done and dusted. The Ant decided to field his strongest XI with the exception of the injured Luis Suárez, Ousmane Dembélé, and Arthur Melo.
In their places came Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Philippe Coutinho to form a formidable lineup for a mostly meaningless domestic game.