Levante stunned La Liga leaders Barcelona on Saturday as they went from behind to 3-1 victors in just six minutes in the second half at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia.
Lionel Messi had given the visitors the lead after Nelson Semedo was tripped in the box, but three goals in six minutes from José Campaña, Borja Mayoral and then Namonja Radoja led to their collapse with fine finishes which left Marc-Andre ter Stegen with little to do but watch the ball sail past him into the back of the net.
This tactical analysis will consider the La Liga fixture which saw Levante stun Barcelona with their rapid turnaround. This analysis of the tactics of both teams will explain
Levante stuck with a rigid 4-4-2 shape with Enis Bardhi keeping his place in the side after impressing in midweek as Paco López looked to force his team into a reaction on home turf following defeat to Espanyol.
Ernesto Valverde’s biggest surprise came in defence where Junior Firpo was left out of the matchday squad despite travelling, with Semedo selected in his place at left-back and Sergi Roberto on the right. In midfield, Frenkie de Jong continued in the holding role in place of Sergio Busquets.
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