With Messi backing down to play as a midfielder in the middle, Griezmann had land to act and shine, while Suarez still retained the advantage.
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Barca – Espanyol: Verify the new scheme


Barca is likely to continue to use the 4-3-1-2 scheme, with Messi kicking for Suarez – Griezmann pair when receiving Espanyol on 8/7.

* Barca – Espanyol: 3h Thursday, July 9, Hanoi time.

On 5/7, the 4-3-1-2 diagram, also known as the 4-4-2 diamond scheme, showed a clear effect when helping Barca won 4-1 at Villarreal. Not scoring goals but having two assists, Messi shows how quickly he can adapt to the position of attacking midfielder. Suarez also shined with a curse, while Griezmann regained confidence with a perfect lob.

With Messi backing down to play as a midfielder in the middle, Griezmann had land to act and shine, while Suarez still retained the advantage.

According to the Spanish press, coach Quique Setien is likely to continue using the diamond scheme when receiving Espanyol. Now is the time for Barca to cultivate a new plan, and the bottom team is the appropriate opponent.

“The new style of play works very well because we have scored and regained the fluidity that we didn’t have in previous matches,” Setien stressed.

In the middle line, Barca will put more faith in the trio of Busquets, Roberto, Vidal. In the match against Villarreal, Roberto was one of the best players. His appearance in midfield helped Barca achieve the dynamism that Rakitic and Arthur did not have.

In defense, the quartet Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba will continue to play start. When needed, Setien can send young players Ronald Araujo, Dani Morer and Monchu into the field.

The starting line-up is expected for Barca - Espanyol.  Photo: Mundo Deportivo.

The starting line-up is expected for Barca – Espanyol. Image: Mundo Deportivo.

Being at the bottom of the table with 24 points and 11 points behind the safety group, Espanyol almost no longer hope to stay in La Liga. A defeat, or draw on the Camp Nou pitch, will officially see them off as relegated second place.

If you win against Espanyol, Barca will shorten the distance with Real from four points to one point. This achievement will put pressure on Real, the team to play two days later.

Thanh Quy (according to the Mundo Deportivo)

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