Reports from Cat radio state that Ronald Koeman could likely revert to a 3-5-2 formation for the crucial UEFA champions league clash against Bayern Munich.
The revelations come as a surprise as the Dutch manager has not used the formation since the end of last season. Moreover, the massive personnel changes mean that the formula’s success is now not as predictable as it was.
A 3-5-2 formation would likely include a trio of Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, and Eric Garcia at the back. Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest would mostly fill in the wing-back positions.
The midfield could be completed by Pedri, Frenkie de Jong and Sergio Busquets.
However, shouts for Yusuf Demir to be included in the lineup, too, have been making rounds in the press. The Austrian is well versed in both centre-forward and supporting act roles, and could start alongside Memphis Depay in the attacking duo.
With the game against Sevilla in the league cancelled, the Catalans now directly stare the gargantuan challenge in the eye. It will indeed be the first game after the international break, and that is not good news for the manager.
It means that Koeman now does not have any chance to test out the three-man backline formula before the decisive match. That said, it would be a risky move to take.
Club football is very close to returning, and it will take an enormous but not impossible effort for the azulgranas to take all three points from the German champions.