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Xavi will have two original options on how to use Messi. It all depends on Leo

Barça have only 8 goals conceded in La Liga, the best record in the 21st century. But in Europe there are even more reliable teams

Barça have only 8 goals conceded in La Liga, the best record in the 21st century. But in Europe there are even more reliable teams

The return of Lionel Messi to Barcelona could be a major transition in the next transfer window. Despite the low chances (mainly due to problems with the Catalan club with a payroll), none of the insiders do not rule out this signing.

Here are two ways Xavi can use Leo.

The first is more classic: 4-3-3, but Messi is in the role of an attacking eight.

The second is hybrid. In the possession phase, the formation will be 3-2-2-3, which Xavi is especially fond of. Balde is in a high position, a trio of central defenders, to which Pedri and de Jong descend.

And here is the 3-2-2-3 formation that Barça use in attack under Xavi.

The obvious problem with this lineup is that Messi doesn’t press, which becomes even more of a problem if he plays in midfield. Players around him will have to put in more effort to make up for this or Xavi will get a free zone in the center.

This variation can work against defensive teams, but can be too risky against high intensity teams. However, in such games, Messi can be used on the right flank.