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4 reasons why Xavi’s 3-4-3 formation would take Barca to whole new level

Xavi reportedly would like to implement the 3-4-3 formation next season.

While it is a bit different from Barca’s classic 4-3-3 play, there are definitely some real positives in switching to this one.

1. We’d have an energetic three-man defence

From Pique-Lenglet to Araujo-Kounde-Christensen in a couple of years – the upgrade is so obvious.

There is also some impressive squad depth here. Eric Garcia, Gerard Pique, Frenkie de Jong and possibly Cesar Azpilicueta would cover for each of the three defenders if needed.

While Araujo and Christensen could focus on their defensive duties and help Jordi Alba and Raphinha on the wings, Kounde could run forward and start attacks with his on-the-ball movement.

2. Jordi Alba would feel more comfortable

Barca’s recurring defensive problems were often caused by the fact that Alba didn’t track back perfectly.

With an extra man on the back, the Spaniard could freely run forward and create chances down the wing

3. Raphinha and Dembele could play together

Raphinha as a wide playmaker, Dembele as a winger or an inside forward with no much need to track back (not his best trait, either).

In the 3-4-3 formation, Raphinha could receive the ball and run into his ‘favourite’ half-wing areas where he is most dangerous, creative and unpredictable.

4. We’d have an unstoppable attack

The frontline trio of Dembele, Lewandowski and Ansu Fati – supported by Jordi Alba, Franck Kessie and Raphinha – carries the potential of scoring 5-6 goals per game against average opposition.

If our defence develop some needed chemistry and Lewandowski finds his groove, we will be absolutely on fire this season.



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