Rumour has it Xavi could switch to a 3-4-3 formation this season.
In his famous ‘Masterclass’ video for the Coaches’ Voice, he showed what it could look like when his players are in possession.
Barca fan and Reddit user International_Law258 focuses on two particular things: firstly, there are two inside midfielders on the pitch while the other two act as defensive midfielders; secondly, the wingers play really wide.
The lineup may be the following: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen; Gavi, Kessie, De Jong, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Dembele.
We are worried about two things here.
1. Franck Kessie is fine playing as a more attack-minded midfielder – this has been his primary role in the preseason.
2. Ousmane Dembele isn’t perfect at tracking back – unlike Raphinha – so there would be a huge gap on the left side. Is Frenkie de Jong’s presence in the defensive midfield enough to cover it?
Other than that, this seems to be a curious experiment with a really creative midfield and terrific frontline. Your thoughts on it, Cules?