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Why Barcelona must rediscover the high press to beat Real Madrid in El Clasico

Barcelona tactics for El Clasico

The biggest criticism of Luis Enrique’s time in charge of Barcelona, a period in which he has won the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and two La Liga titles, is that some of Barca’s DNA has been stripped away; that the side has adopted too much of a pragmatic approach to football: Barcelona are winning games but not in the "right way".

Next is El Clasico, against a Real Madrid side full of stars, playing as a team. Defeat would effectively hand Barcelona's arch rival the Liga title and put a real downer on Enrique's legacy. How to cope with Zinedine Zidane's smooth operation?

Could Barcelona go back to "the Barcelona way" for this title decider? Why would they? Let's find out, together.

The high press

In the good old days, Barcelona defended as a unit high up the pitch, requiring every player to stay tight to each other in order to suffocate teams with a high press.

The reason Barcelona...

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