After entering 2020, Bayern, under the leadership of coach Flick, is known as the best team in football, and has achieved an impressive record of 26 wins and 1 tie in the past 27 games. Among them, Bayern has won the Bundesliga and the German Cup with consecutive victories since the Bundesliga rematch, and it is bound to attack the "triple crown". Since the new coach Setien took over the team, Barcelona has not achieved positive results such as a knife change. After the rematch, the league record of 7 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss was overtaken by Real Madrid and lost the La Liga championship, so the Champions League became the team's last pursue. After knocking out Naples in the Champions League, Messi's impressive performance showed his great desire for the Champions League.
Let’s first look at Bayern’s starting arrangement in this game. Head coach Flick fully continued the starting lineup of defeating Chelsea in the Champions League. Due to Paval's injury, the combination of Kimmich + Boateng + Alaba + Davis continued to play, Thiago and Gretzka partnered the midfielder, and the combination of Lewand and Muller topped the front line. Different from the pre-match media predictions, Perisic continued to be separated from Gnabry, while Koman, who returned from injury, sat on the bench.
Let's look at Barcelona's formation in this game. Before the game, various media had different predictions of Barcelona's starting lineup, and the facts proved that the analysis of "Daily Sports" was correct. Barcelona was directly adjusted to the 442 formation for this campaign. The line of defense still consists of Semedo, Pique, Langley and Alba. Vidal and Busquets, who returned from the ban, formed four midfielders with Roberto and De Jong. Messi and Suarez partnered with the striker. The two "Mr. Billion Yuan" Griezmann and Dembele served as substitutes.
So actively seeking to change the formation, it is not difficult to see that Setien is trying to develop a targeted layout for Bayern's offensive characteristics, not only by increasing the number of midfielders to enhance the speed and power confrontation, but also widening the midfielder's position to defend against Bayern's wings. Qi Fei's tactics. Just as the commentator Zhang Lu's direct analysis after seeing Barcelona’s starting lineup, Setien mistakenly believed that the two wings were Bayern’s biggest threat, but failed to recognize that Bayern’s strongest core is actually the second spring. Shadow Front Muller.
Just in the defensive vacuum between the two parallel lines of the Barcelona defense and the midfielders, Muller, known as the "space reader", found plenty of room to play here, which allowed Bayern's offensive system to be combined with sides. The best way to connect and play the ball. So only the opening 4 minutes, Bayern's first wave of threatening offensive scored the goal. At this point, Perisic, who made the bottom pass from the left, did not send the ball into the penalty area, but directly found Muller who was missed at the top of the arc. After receiving Lewand’s calm response, Mueller volleyed the bottom left corner of the goal to break the deadlock.
In fact, before Muller scored, Bayern’s defense line was in a hurry. Fortunately, Boateng’s key interception blocked Roberto’s threat of the pass-so the open and close game performance after the opening naturally came from Bayern’s inherent high position. The oppression system. At the beginning of the game, Bayern's frontcourt oppression and defense obviously did not contain Barcelona. After playing with the backcourt and Messi and others, Barcelona effectively broke through Bayern's frontcourt encirclement, and then directly attacked Bayern's last line of defense. What can't be ignored here is that Bayern's defensive position is very forward, exposing a huge defensive space behind.
So only 3 minutes after Bayern scored, Barcelona successfully equalized the score. Please note that Bayern’s frontcourt players did not press the Barcelona defender in time at this time, which allowed Pique to calmly send a long pass in the backcourt, and it was Alba who suddenly plugged in behind the Bayern defense. . In the end, when Alba broke into the penalty area and sent a cross, the Bayern defender Alaba, who was unable to pursue it, tried to sabotage but failed to lob. Neuer turned around and was unable to intercept this tricky "shot".
Since then, the two sides quickly returned to the same starting line. Even in the next 10 minutes, Bayern first fell into overall chaos. The direct reason was that after the team was successively attacked by Barcelona and succeeded, they had concerns about the inherent tactical system. The team tried to base on defense to stabilize the rhythm, but the space behind the defense is still exposed to the fatal weakness. Only 2 minutes after Alaba’s own goal, Barcelona right back Semedo quickly inserted and sent the ball behind him. Suarez’s oblique single shot was blocked by Neuer.
The old saying goes, if you don't enter the tiger's den, you won't get a tiger. Perhaps in Flick's pre-match layout, it is necessary to firmly relieve the pressure on the defense through high position pressure, and then take the initiative to control the game. For example, unlike the German media's prediction, Flick chose Perisic instead of Koman at the left wing position as proof. In this regard, Perisic, who is good at grabbing and has a tough style, has effectively increased the hardness and intensity of Bayern’s frontcourt pressure, indicating that Bayern’s campaign is not positioned for the transmission and control system and fortified positions, but to create offensive opportunities with high-pressure tactics. However, speed up and efficiency to complete the continuous offensive.
It is not accidental that Barcelona's tactics at this time actually indirectly coordinated with Bayern's high pressure system. Especially when the main attack was behind the Bayern line of defense, Barcelona's two speed-type full-backs once moved forward actively. On the one hand, this caused the Barcelona midfielder's response to the ball holder to be obviously insufficient, allowing Bayern's frontcourt to be targeted; on the other hand, after Bayern broke the ball in the frontcourt, Barcelona's two full-backs returned Failure to prevent this completely exposes the defensive vacuum of the wing to the opponent.
Looking back on Bayern’s second goal, Roberto encountered Gnabry steals while holding the ball in the backcourt, and right back Semedo had completely lost position at this time. The two central defenders had to face four Bayern players at the same time. The impact. As a result, Gnabry faced Pique, who was on the top of the game, in time to score to Perisic on the left. The Croatian winger took the ball and shot from a small angle, completing the crucial second goal for Bayern in the game. ball.
This goal is important not only because it greatly enhanced the confidence and courage of the Bayern players to oppress the high position, but also caused the Barcelona midfielders to be overshadowed by their hearts. Since then, mistakes have continued. Not only that, the Barcelona 442 system also exposed weaknesses. Among them, Griezmann as a substitute caused Barcelona to have no speed players in the frontcourt. The main attack behind Bayern’s defense can only rely on full-backs to insert. However, when Alba and Semedo dared not assist under the pressure of Bayern’s high position, they did not dare to assist. The speedless Barcelona attack line is also unable to launch a counterattack.
In this regard, Barcelona also tried to respond to Bayern with high pressure in this game, but this "classic car" simply cannot be as firm, effective and full of hardness as Bayern. So Barcelona just tried to press the front line, and Bayern immediately returned to his own body. In the 28th minute, Thiago quickly sent a direct pass against Barcelona players in the central area. Gretzka, who was received from the outside, directly picked the ball without stopping. Gnabry succeeded in offside and then faced Ter Stegen. The volley succeeded.