03/02/13 – Valencia vs Barcelona (La Liga)

Valencia vs BarcelonaValencia have been one of Barcelona’s trickier domestic opponents in recent years, although given that Barcelona beat them 5-1 only last season there is still a sizable gap between the two sides. Previous manager Unai Emery was keen to press Barcelona high up the pitch but the huge reserves of energy required to maintain this for 90 minutes, allied to the quality of Barcelona’s players, have generally made this strategy unsustainable. Barcelona’s gameplan will be their usual – Tito Vilanova has returned formational stability to a side that began to experiment tactical under Pep Guardiola – but Valencia’s recent turnover of managers makes their approach less certain… (Read more)

 

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