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Barcelona boss Setien's tactical change in bid to secure Champions League glory


Barcelona manager Quique Setien is reportedly considering switching to a back three when his side take on Napoli in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash this week.

The Spanish giants take on the Italian side at the Nou Camp on Saturday with it all to play for after they drew the first leg 1-1 in Naples in February.

The match is particularly significant for Barcelona given their poor domestic season, in which they finished runners-up to Real Madrid in La Liga and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Athletic Club in the quarter-finals.

Setien, who replaced Ernesto Valverde in January, has found himself under increasing pressure, with rumours of a bust-up with a number of key first-team players over his tactics.

Quique Setien’s future at Barcelona is in the balance

According to Spanish publication SPORT, he is weighing up the idea of playing a 3-5-2 formation in a bid to beat Napoli – a big change from his usual favoured 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2.

Observers of Barcelona’s training sessions have seen Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet trialled in the new system, with Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba expected to operate as full-backs.

Setien’s future at the club may be at stake in the game against Napoli, and if Barcelona are knocked out there is a good chance he could face the sack.

Meanwhile Barcelona are likely to be busy in the summer transfer window, and are desperate to shift some of their highest-earning fringe players.

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Barcelona will be desperate for victory at the Nou Camp on Saturday

Philippe Coutinho is one who they are keen to get rid of, with the former Liverpool star strongly linked with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.

Ideally they would like to recoup a decent portion of their exorbitant £130-million plus outlay, but instead they look like having to settle for a loan and paying a portion of his salary once more unless something more creative can be managed.





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