Luis Enrique has Barcelona working harder in England at St George’s Park for preseason and while the focus has been on physical conditioning, the new boss also reportedly has the Catalans working on a new tactical setup.
Barcelona worked on a new 3-2-3-2 formation in their training session on Wednesday according to Mundo Deportivo. A formation which would seek to maximise the strengths of Enrique’s squad for the coming season.
The exercise had the Catalans working on their shape and positioning, which faltered at critical times last season. While the players started in the standard 4-3-3 formation, it is understood that Enrique then went on to try other tactical variants including a 3-4-3, a 4-2-3-1 and the new 3-2-3-2 shape.
With each formation, the Asturian boss is seeking to play a more direct and vertical game to play to the benefit of his impressive attacking weapons Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
In the 3-2-3-2, the Argentine would presumably take up a deeper attacking-midfield role behind his fellow forwards, flanked by interior midfielders in the mould of Andres Iniesta. Busquets, Mascherano or new-signing Ivan Rakitic would then form a double pivot to protect a 3-man defence which would likely include Jeremy Mathieu, who was brought in for his tactical versatility.