The match ups are interesting – Paris Saint Germain are purely designed to attack through the middle of the pitch, while Valencia’s attacking full backs and wide forwards offer them options down the flanks.
Ernesto Valverde has introduced a more structure 4-2-1-3 system since taking over from Unai Emery, and the added midfield depth will be important against Carlo Ancelotti’s narrow PSG side. Ever Banega plays deeper than his predecessor in the Valencia side Jonas, who operated as a deep forward rather than a midfielder. Jonas now competes for a wide forward spot and will be up against Andres Guardado, who offers a more defensive option on the left… (Read more)
Valencia 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)