One of the negative things that Barcelona fans are beginning to get accustomed to is the fact that some of their players have developed the habit of giving out double standards when it comes to playing for their national teams and Barcelona. The likes of Frankie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Eric Garcia, Pedri, and Depay are exceptional for their various national teams but when it comes to Barcelona, the story is different.
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Gavi was superb for the Spanish national team during the UEFA Nations League. He moved the ball very quickly and he always looked sharp on and off the ball. Gavi has been great for Barcelona but he was on a different level for Spain in this October International break. He was a completely extraordinary player for Spain.
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Another player we are going to look at is Sergio Busquets. Sergio Busquets is a starter for both Barcelona and the Spanish national team. However, his performance for the Spanish national team is on another level when compared with his performance for Barcelona. When Busquets plays for Barcelona, he looks a little bit disorganized sometimes. Busquets always look sharp and composed for the Spanish national team. Garcia is another player that his performance for Barcelona is a lot less than what he does for Spain.
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The main question is "why do some Barcelona players play better for their national teams more than they do for Barcelona"? To answer this important question, we have to look at the formation played by Barcelona and the national teams of the players mentioned above. For example, Koeman plays different formations which include 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1, and 3-5-2 formations.
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Koeman plays different types of formation depending on the team Barcelona is playing. Koeman's habit of always experimenting on different formations does not go down well with most Barcelona players. Louis Enrique plays 4-3-3 formation and he hardly changes his formation. Louis Enrique's 4-3-3 formation suits most Barcelona players and they hardly struggle to put things together for the Spanish national team.
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All these formations that Koeman consistently experiment on tend to destabilize most of Barcelona's players. It appears that most Barcelona players prefer the traditional 4-3-3 formation which Louis Enrique plays. Frankie de Jong and Depay play for the Netherlands team. The Netherlands national team also plays a stable formation and does not change formation as often as Koeman does in Barcelona.
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The main point is that the frequent change of formation by Koeman appears to be the main reason why his players are always off and on whenever they play for Barcelona. If Koeman wants his players to perform as well as they perform for Spain, he must play the formation that his players enjoy the most.
It is the job of every manager to know the type of formation that suits his team. Koeman must work towards bringing out the best in his team by making sure that he uses the best formation that works for the team. At this moment, it appears that 4-3-3 formation is enjoyed more by most Barcelona players.
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