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Quique Setién lived his first defeat as coach azulgrana in his visit to the Mestalla Stadium, falling 2-0 in another match in which FC Barcelona bored. And it is that after the departure of Valverde and the arrival of the Cantabrian it seemed that the dynamics brought by the Culé team would change, but despite having changed the style, Barça still not convincing and at times, it seems to have worsened what was already there.
While it is true, Setién has been in the club for about two weeks, rather little time to implement an effective style of play and change the mentality of the players. However, there are still several aspects that concern the fans They shouldn’t have such a long-term solution.
Absence of a ‘9’
With Luis Suarez’s injury, the goal seems to have been orphaned. The charrúa exceeds ten scores this season and after its operation the remainder of the campaign will be lost. As expected, the lack of a referent in attack is latent and despite Setién’s attempts to reinvent the team, the fans cry out for the arrival of a striker in this final stretch of the market.
Nevertheless, Neither the technical secretariat nor the bench are completely clear about the signing of a player. After letting Haaland escape, who signed for a mere 30 million through Borussia, Barça points to Rodrigo as your chosen Anyway, the Hispanic-Brazilian option is highly questioned for price, quality and age.
The Barça team knows that it needs an heir of Luis Suarez and they see the player ché as a good substitute, but doubt their quality to be a holder. The problem? The urgency with which Barça needs a striker does not allow to wait for summer to close a big operation with a star such as Lautaro. For this reason, other more affordable strikers like Giroud or Llorente have also sounded.
Revulsives without sufficient quality
Despite all the excitement and expectation of the appearance of Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez, The truth is that they don’t have enough level for the first team of FC Barcelona, at least for now. In the case of Perez, at 21, it is best to develop in a team of a lower level and less responsibility to eventually return, preciselywhat you the club has communicated, which has already completed its transfer to Rome.
In case of Ansu Fati is more dangerous, both for the team and for the player. With regard to Barça, a 17-year-old boy may not be the first attack option To solve a meeting. Same with healthy Dembélé and Suárez, the only alternative after the French is Ansu Fati. For its part, the Guinean runs the risk of joining the group of “broken toys” that Barça has left, along with Bojan, Dos Santos, Tello and others.
The system does not finish curdling
Setién has been testing in his matches various formations For the parties. In the duel against Ibiza came out with a 3-4-3 with a single central reaching up to four sides in the field, and that same formation used it in offensive phase against Valencia, something relatively common in recent years at Barça.
However, Setién raised a rearguard with Piqué, Umtiti and Sergi Roberto and that the game grows from the center of the field, unlike previous years, where Busquets was embedded between the centrals and, already in rival field, they began to build the play. With the right back, the right wing is occupied by an interior, and with the end, Messi, playing all over the field, the lane is orphaned deep.
It is probably a problem related to the previous question, but Barça de Setién seems to only give horizontal passes. If sometimes many criticized the abuse of direct play by Valverde, Quique, committed to possession, has not managed to provide the team – yet – with that mix of both styles That would make them stronger. Players seem to have become accustomed to excessively direct play and have a hard time adapting it to possession to win the games.
Lack of a leader
An issue that has been recurrent several years in the team is the lack of a reference that knows how to correct and motivate the team at key moments. Unfortunately, it is a problem that is reproduced both on the bench and on the pitch. Although Setién has yet to assert himself, it does not represent for a player what other coaches could, and that is that it is not the same to receive orders from a Zidane or Xavi, so they have represented football than Quique Setién, with all due respect.
The same lack of character is what the team lacks on the pitch. After the departure of Puyol and Xavi no other leader has come out who knows how to shout in the field and make theirs react, something that was missed in Rome, Liverpool, the Cup final …
However, it is fair to remember that this is a path that has just begun and that Setién has in his hand to succeed with Barça thanks to a style who has shown to lead the team – and their teams – to their best years. Knowing how to adapt it to contemporary football, the key to an inevitable success at Camp Nou.