Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – Tactical Review (Part 3)

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  • Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – Tactical Review (Part 3)

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid – Tactical Review (Part 3)

Jose Mourinho was not allowed to watch the match from the sidelines or the bench. The Portuguese coach could easily join the team on the stands but he decided to watch the game at a hotel room.

With Mourinho out of picture, it was Aitor Karanka who took charge of his role as an instructor to the team.

Real Madrid played everyone available – anyone who could make a difference during the game.

The Spanish number 1 and the Real Madrid goal stopper Iker Casillas featured between the two poles. The club’s captain played a vital role against Barcelona when Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey. Casillas was able to play a vital part again as the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi final kicked off at the Nou Camp.

Iker Casillas made marvellous saves throughout the game and did not allow Barcelona to score a goal throughout the first half. The Spanish goal stopper saved shots which could end up behind the net against any goalkeeper in the world. The Spaniard was the key factor for the 1-1 draw or it could have been another humiliating defeat for the Los Blancos.

Sergio Ramos was booked in the last game and he was suspended for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi final. The Spaniard was replaced by Alvaro Arbeloa who also featured as a right back during the first leg with Sergio Ramos playing in the centre back role.

The Brazilian full back Marcelo played in his favourite left back position. Marcelo had a good game throughout the first leg and also had a wonderful game throughout the second leg. The Brazilian was the only player for Real Madrid who could step up and score a goal against Barcelona.

With Sergio Ramos and Pepe both out of this fixture due to suspension, Ricardo Carvalho and Raul Albiol played in the centre back position. Carvalho was given the task to man-mark Lionel Messi who played quite deep as Albiol took care of his defensive responsibilities as a normal centre back.

Pepe usually featured as a holding midfielder against Barcelona and gave out a fine performance every time he featured in that role. However, the Portuguese defender was ruled out of this game after he received a red card in the first leg.

Pepe’s duties were taken over by the French holding midfielder Lassana Diarra. The German midfielder Sami Khedira could not play because of an injury while Pepe was suspended so Jose Mourinho decided to field a physically strong midfielder – Lassana Diarra. The Frenchman had to do all the dirty work throughout the game and was also made to man-mark the Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta.

Xabi Alonso featured as a holding midfielder as well. The Spaniard often played as a centre midfielder against Barcelona but with shortage of players in the holding position, Alonso was made to perform in that role.

The Spaniard gave away a lot possession and could not perform at his best as he was not played in his favourite role. Xabi Alonso was also made to man-mark Xavi Hernandez. However, that did not really work well. 


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