Barca's Plan B?

No need for Barcelona to change systems, says Hunter

Last Updated: 14/11/12 8:12am

Barcelona notched up another win on Sunday, beating Mallorca 4-2 to equal the La Liga record of 31 points out of a possible 33.

"The right debate is when will they get their back four, when will they be able to defend a one or two goal lead. When will they start to get header goals from Pique and Puyol? When that happens then this style will be perfect, there is no need to touch it and no need for this rubbish plan B."

Graham Hunter

Quotes of the week

However they were criticised following the 2-1 Champions League defeat at Celtic last Wednesday with people questioning their tactics and wondering if they need to adapt their game to certain situations.

"The idea is that if Barcelona - against the likes of Celtic, against Inter Milan and against Chelsea - are unable to unlock a very deep defence, then how about that they have a Plan B," explained Guillem Balague on Revista.

"By that they mean a tall guy who can be on the end of crosses. However I think that Barcelona have as many variations as any team in the world, if not more. But there is this idea of having a tall striker that is being debated."

But Graham Hunter explained exactly why the very mention of a Plan B gets his blood boiling.

"You know very well that it infuriates me," he said. "The very expression 'Plan B' negates what we have been talking about - sometimes Barcelona play with wingers, sometimes they make the wingers come inside; sometimes they play two at the back or three at the back or four at the back.

"If in desperation they need a tall man they will put Pique forward. Tactically in a game how many teams do we know who play three or four systems within a game and manage to pull it off?

"Plan B is not the right debate; the right debate is when will they get their back four, when will they be able to defend a one or two goal lead. When will they start to get header goals from Pique and Puyol? When that happens then this style will be perfect, there is no need to touch it and no need for this rubbish Plan B."

Guillem asked mentioned that if there is no need for a Plan B then why did Gerard Pique play the last 20 minutes of the game against Mallorca as a striker, which set Graham off again.

"That is not Plan B - that is part of the plan A to J! Plan B as you define it when people are saying that what do they have to do is buy one tall striker and an hour into the game start lumping it forward - that is the debate," he said.

"I think that you stick to the system which is successful, that the players have trained for and what the philosophy of the club believes in -you don't just tear it up - if it does not work once it does not mean it won't work again, it does not need the change!"