Tottenham Hotspur face the daunting task of welcoming Barcelona to Wembley for the Champions League clash tomorrow night.
It will not be an easy game for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who lost their first Champions League fixture.
But Barcelona are not in great form either and there are whispers that a formation change could be on the cards.
Spanish media outlet Sport speculates that Ernesto Valverde could be tempted to revert back to 4-4-2.
Barcelona usually line up in a 4-3-3 formation but he might try to balance things out by deploying a 4-4-2.
This would play into Tottenham’s hands if he does.
The 4-3-3 system has a dynamic front trio which would cause Spurs’ wing-backs a lot of problems. But they would be under less pressure if they faced a flat 4-4-2.
Moreover, Lionel Messi – the main danger man – thrives in a system which allows him to spearhead the attack with fluid runners around him.
In a strike duo, he is likely to be less effective. The Argentina international will still be a handful but he will find less space when he shares the attacking role with another player.
Furthermore, Spurs can pack out the midfield and get the attacking midfield line to overrun the two central midfielders.
Spurs are definitely more suited to playing Barcelona’s 4-4-2 system than they are against a 4-3-3.