JimmyGuitaristThe first half was good, scrappy in the second because of the condition of the pitch. I don't think Barca were dreadful but they were too narrow, something they've been too many times this season. Pep usually demands width from his players to stretch the opponents defence, but there was no one on the left. I’m suprised he started Keita. It would’ve made sense to put Iniesta in his usual central position, and play either Pedro or Tello on the left.
Sanchez is playing too central as well. Messi likes the space in-front of him to be empty with the wingers stretching the defence, but with Sanchez always playing as a striker, there’s no space for Messi to do his stuff.
Alves was constantly free on the right-wing sometimes, I was screaming at the bloody tele for Xavi to spot him but suprisingly never found him.
As in the 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou in the group stages, Milan did the Italian thing and defended for there lives, with some brilliant last-ditch blocks and tackles. Overall though, I always think the team who wants to play football deserves to win & if anyone did deserve to win, Barca did.
king1319I think sanchez should have been playing on the left flank, messis zone got way too crowded, inesta was out of his preffered due to keita, I think if he is able to replicate fabres' role of supporting messi they could been more functional
JimmyGuitaristIniesta should definitely be playing next to Xavi. Barcelona are at there best when Xavi and Iniesta are in the middle. I'm one of the few who actually like Keita but as a sub'. Playing Fabregas and Iniesta would've worked better because they inter-change at-will from center to wing, and even though Keita did move wider on occasion, he's hardly the winger sort.
And yeah, Pep should go back to basics. Sanchez on the left, cutting-in on his right foot, and Pedro sould start on the right.
king1319yeah they looked better when Tello came on, I think Keita was brought in to be more defenseive.