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VIDEO: El Clásico Tactical Review - FC Barcelona 5 - 1 Real Madrid

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Julen Loptegeui completely botched the first half with poor defensive tactics.


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Julen Lopetegui needed to get everything right in El Clásico if he wanted to keep his job. Not only did his tactics have to be spot on, but every player needed to turn up, his team needed to be motivated, and luck needed to go his way. Unfortunately for Julen, none of that really happened (at least for the full ninety minutes).

His defensive 4-1-4-1/4-3-3 medium block was poorly designed and easily cut to pieces, allowing Alba to run into acres of space to assist the first goal of the night.

Things improved massively in the second half, when Lopetegui switched to a hybrid 3-5-2/3-4-3 and asked his team to finally start pressing high up the pitch. But, aside from Marcelo’s strike, Madrid missed their chances and finally committed a mistake that allowed Barcelona to end the game.