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If Barcelona play Arsenal in the final…

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Pep Guardiola If Barcelona play Arsenal in the final...

Last night’s match was similar to a chess game, with Arsenal making very few calculated moves and playing very conservatively waiting to capitalize on a mistake from Villarreal, which never materialized. Even though it wasn’t pretty, it was very effective.

If Barcelona can defeat AC Milan on aggregate today, it makes me wonder whether Arsenal may consider employing the same tactics that they did yesterday in the final. Arsenal, playing a 4-1-4-1 (essentialy a 4-5-1 formation) could decide to hold Barcelona at bay with those tactics to stem the Spanish team’s attacking exploits.

For the sake of entertainment, I hope they decide to play more like they did against Real Madrid and attack, attack, attack.


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