Man United Given Brutal Warning About Barcelona Playing Style Days Before Clash
Barcelona played Villareal in a hotly contested match on Sunday night and Man United may have learned something important from the game. Barcelona has won eleven consecutive games in all competitions in 2023. Five of the wins have come when Barcelona is playing away matches. Indeed, Barcelona’s tough defense has only conceded seven goals this season.
Despite having arguably the toughest defense in La Liga and Europe, Man United have been told what they should worry the most about Barcelona. Former Barcelona manager Quiqie Setien, who managed his current Villareal team against Barcelona on Sunday, gave his analysis of the match after it had ended.
Villareal did find a few opportunities to counterattack Barcelona but Ronald Araujo stood firm as he made one last-minute tackle after another. According to the Villareal manager, the most amazing aspect of the Barcelona playing style was their intense pressing style. The likes of Gavi, Pedri, and De Jong covered multiple kilometers during the game, as they chased after the ball, making it impossible for Villareal to progress the ball. Man United has wonderful ball-playing defenders and full-backs.
However, they will struggle in midfield without Cristian Ericksen and Sabitzer on Thursday. Casemiro will however make his return to the starting lineup. “There is something that has changed a lot about Barca and that is their way of pressing.” “The pressure is very intense in the opposition half.” “Barca is the team that runs a lot without the ball.” The Villareal managed said