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Xavi explains his tactics at Osasuna after Barca were reduced to 10 men – shown in lineup

Xavi came up with a tactical masterclass to guide Barcelona to a 2-1 win against Osasuna last night

Here’s how the Barcelona manager explained his tactics after the game:

“We went with two rows of four and with Ferran or Ansu up front,” Xavi told reporters.

“They hardly created any chances against us. It’s a very good victory, one of courage.

“It was wildly celebrated in the dressing room. It was very difficult to play with 10 and I am very proud of the team,” the gaffer concludes.

What it means is that Xavi opted for a 4-4-1 formation after Lewandowski received his marching orders.

Here’s what the formation looks like:

Barcelona also had to press for their lives to win the ball higher up the pitch. It worked!

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