5. First clear problems of Luis Enrique's system
This is perhaps the point on which I find it most uncomfortable to give my opinion because I am about to criticize something that I applauded for Luis Enrique in his first four matchdays. This match is probably the one that has best shown us the first shortcomings in the Spanish strategist's system; little effectiveness in the last third of the field, lack of dynamism, lack of mobility, and worrying in defensive transitions... Perhaps it was the context of the game, the level of the rival, or the general physical condition of the players, because everything that could go wrong, went wrong.
Although the lack of effectiveness in the final third of the field had already been a notable problem in the first two games of the championship, it seemed like the issue was resolved in the victories against Lens and Lyon. What I had not been able to criticize the team until this Friday was the lack of mobility and defensive transitions. Manuel Ugarte seems to be a short-term solution for the latter, but what will happen when the Uruguayan is absent? With just 5 matches it is too early to fall into a 'catastrophic' analysis. We will have to wait.