LThe players are the same, but the performance of some professionals in their national teams and in the Barça it is very different. The great variability shown by midfielders is especially surprising. The biggest example is Sergio Busquets, a beacon and reference for Luis Enrique who is lost in the culé tactical amalgam. But Frenkie de Jong and even the young Gavi They are also showing better performances and performances with their national teams than with the Dutch coach. And the same can be said of Eric García and Pedri.
In the Spanish team of Luis Enrique, Busquets He is an undisputed man. It is also for Koeman, for those who are fixed in the eleven, but their contributions and productivity differ considerably in both teams. Suffering, being disoriented and erratic in many of the games of the Barça has become a key man in the game, in the exit and recovery of the ball and in possession with Spain, to the point that he was distinguished as the best player in the final phase of the League of Nations. Robbie Keane, technician of the UEFA , thus justified his choice: “He controlled both games, dictated the game and made his teammates better.”
The system Luis Enrique, 1-4-3-3, traditionally culé, benefits him and gives him security and confidence. Koeman He has opted for that tactical disposition in some games, but he has also resorted to 1-4-2-3-1 and 1–3-5-2, approaches that clearly harm his performance, especially that of three centrals. In addition, the distance between lines is also greater with the Catalan block, which entails a greater sacrifice and risk in the pass.
But also Gavi has shown in these two games of the final phase of the League of Nations outstanding performance: security with the ball, forceful recovery, offensive projection and personality and maturity in markings. These qualities have already been exhibited with KoemanThanks to those who have reached the national team, but have exploded with the Red. Playing in the core with his partner in the Barça, Busquets.
Too Eric García is proving to be more decisive, participatory and confident with Spain, and much more successful and accurate in the exit of the ball from his defensive position towards the medullary, than with the Catalan team. The rear of three centrals does not help the Catalan either. For its part, Pedri, absent due to discomfort in the League of Nations, is also more decisive in the middle of the field with Luis Enrique what with Koeman.
The Spanish team, however, is not the only one that can serve as an example for Koeman.Frenkie de Jong, which has started the course in the Camp Nou displaying a somewhat erratic and distracted performance, he is masterfully leading the way in creating and distributing the game with Netherlands.