Here are tactics Ronald Koeman should watch out for against real Madrid as Don Carlo Ancelotti seeks to win his first match ever on Camp Nou. Ancelotti while coaching Real Madrid has never beaten Barcelona on their home soil and he seeks to change that narrative in this El Clasico match.
Koeman shouldn't make it easy for him by understanding these tactics Ancelotti might use:
Focused Pressure on Left Wing
Real Madrid plays most of their attacks through the left-wing and will look to exploit Barcelona's defence through the left flank. Vinicius Junior will be key in that plan as his dribbling skills and improved shot on goal will be key for Los Blancos.
Evident in the Shakhtar Donetsk game, Madrid will focus a lot of pressure on that wing especially if Sergio Roberto is the right-back of choice for Ronald Koeman. The Barca coach should try to preempt this move by using a physically stronger player like Sergino Dest to neutralise or limit this attack.
Real Madrid possesses very fast-paced attacking players and will seek to use that in their favour. There is a Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema who would orchestrate Madrid's attack.
Barcelona has been very vulnerable against fast counter-attacking sides this season. Teams like Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich have found it very easy to punish Barca because La Blaugrana has mostly slow players in defence and midfield. This makes it slower to react to attacks and makes it difficult to defend against.
Barca is disadvantaged in this encounter as they will play without their best centre back, Ronald Araujo, due to injury. The preferred defensive pair Koeman uses remains to be seen.
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