Full analysis on Koeman's inexplicable formation vs Bayern Munich

Full analysis on Koeman's inexplicable formation vs Bayern Munich

Ronald Koeman had a good number of his reliable first-team members injured for the game against Bayern Munich.

However, he didn't work impressively with what he had available. Here's the formation used by the Dutchman during the game.

First half: 3-5-2


Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen - Araujo, Pique, Garcia - Roberto, F. de Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Alba - Memphis, L. de Jong.

We can pick all sorts of holes from this inexplicable formation to start the game. Koeman likes to use it when he wants his team to be defensive or conservative, but it doesn't help Barca in the long run - particularly against a team like Bayern.

Sergi Roberto as the right-wingback was a no-brainer, he never seems to play well there. Little surprise he was booed by Cules at Camp Nou.

Second half: 3-4-3

Koeman refused to revert to a back 4 despite his team suffering from the pace of Alphonso Davies and Leroy Sane.

In the 60th minute, he subbed off Roberto for Demir and things began to change. The introduction of Alex Balde, later on, gave Barca a breath of fresh air, but it was too little too late.

We must also talk about the pace injected into Barca's midfield by Gavi, and Demir further up the pitch.

Regardless, that starting XI was Barca's undoing in the end.
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