While Barcelona fans lament the loss of their idol, Ronald Koeman and his coaching staff must now ponder how they will set up their team for next season without Messi at the helm. Moreover, Messi’s departure alters everything, and there will be a long-term impact on Barcelona. Moreover, Lionel Messi has dominated the headlines in Barcelona over the past week.
Further, according to reports in Spain, Barca president Joan Laporta told Koeman that playing a more attacking brand of football in a 4-3-3 configuration was one of the requirements of maintaining him for the second year of his contract.
Moreover, it’s the system the club has always liked, and it’s how they functioned under Johan Cruyff, Pep Guardiola, and most recently until Koeman put a halt to it. However, the team that will face Real Sociedad on Sunday may alter significantly from that which will be used throughout the season, as it is still unclear whether Barcelona will be permitted to acquire additional players.
Furthermore, because goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is still recovering from a summer operation, Neto will take his place in the starting lineup. With Eric Garcia only recently returning from the Olympics and Clement Lenglet falling out of favor last season, Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, and Jordi Alba will form the defense.
Moreover, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, and Pedri Gonzalez, who is adamant about playing despite his summer commitments with Spain in two tournaments. If Memphis is not allowed to play, the attacking line might see newcomer Yusuf Demir play on the right as a Barca B player, he can play and Martin Braithwaite plays on the left of Antoine Griezmann.
Lastly, Busquets, Pedri, and De Jong may be joined by Coutinho in his preferred No.10 role, or perhaps Griezmann or Demir at the midfield’s periphery, behind two attackers Depay and Griezmann or Aguero with Alba and Dest tasked with providing width.
This would give the youngsters more opportunities to play in midfield, while also providing plenty of ammo for the strikers and assisting Barca.
We have come to the end of this article and we know that Messi’s departure alters everything, and even in defense, we can see the player’s long-term impact on the club. Further, Barcelona should have enough firepower to go where they need to go next season even without the Argentina international.