Talkin’ Tactics: Identifying strengths and weaknesses of the Juventus-Barcelona matchup

Here I review Juventus and Barcelona’s tactics, weaknesses and strengths for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday night in Turin.

Barcelona’s strength

Since their first-leg 4-0 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain on Feb. 14, Barcelona has now used a 3-4-3 formation. The back three is formed by Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano. Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Rafinha form a four-man midfield. The famous MSN (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar) are the attacking trio.

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