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Pleat on Barcelona's 4-3-3

Published: Thursday 22 March 2012, 11.07CET
Former Tottenham Hotspur FC manager David Pleat analyses FC Barcelona's winning formation from 2009.
Published: Thursday 22 March 2012, 11.07CET

Pleat on Barcelona's 4-3-3

Former Tottenham Hotspur FC manager David Pleat analyses FC Barcelona's winning formation from 2009.

One of the most exciting formations any team can use, FC Barcelona's 4-3-3 system during the 2008/09 season proved to be a winning formula as they went all the way to glory in the UEFA Champions League, defeating Manchester United FC in the final. Former Tottenham Hotspur FC manager David Pleat explains why Josep Guardiola's side were so perfectly suited to the formation and why it made them such a dangerous proposition.

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