FC Barcelona lineup Athletic Club lineup
Marcelo Bielsa has showed this system before against Barcelona. It requires amazing stamina, dicipline and work-rate to play against FC Barcelona, who are so good with the ball. They always try to pressure the man with the ball and also the man whom the next pass goes. Every Athletic player had their own player to mark, even when they have to mark him 30-40 meters, like the full backs, or Amorebieta, or the Midfielders to cover the runs from deep midfield to the box.
|LLorrente was Athletic's main man up front. he was the first one to start with the pressing. He had the job to cover Pique and Mascherano. Also goalkeeper Pinto if needed.|
|That here shows you that Athletic players will cover their men with very long distances. De Marcos goes with Xavi who made a deep run inside and Aurtenexte goes with Pedro who came from the wing to transfer the ball to the other flank.|
|Amorebieta had the biggest role to cover Messi. Messi loves to come from the deep to collect the ball and drag the defenders out of their positions to creat more space up front. Pedro and Alexis both take their place.|
|Pedro & Alexis up front, Messi is the second last man of this team, dragged one of Athletics defenders out of position to create a 2v3 situation up front.|