Tactical Insight: 4-2-3-1 Part 1

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Much of the football world idolizes the beautiful style of play that dictates the way in which Barcelona conducts its gameplay. However, this sophisticated style of play demands essential cogs of a well-oiled passing machine. For Barcelona that comes in the form of Xavi, Iniesta, and Busquets, all players who have come through La Masia, which preaches the “tiki-taka” style that Barcelona have come to live and breathe.

For the rest of the footballing world, other coaches look at different approaches to achieve success. And a particular formation has become widely modernized and integrated into the best teams in the world, even dismantling and dominating the flowing passing style of Barcelona.

An example came in the 2012-2013 Champion’s League campaign as Bayern Munich faced Barcelona in the Allianz Arena.

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Arguably, two of the strongest modern teams were coming to face each other and Jupp Heynckes put together a 4-2-3-1 formation against…

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