Barcelona boss responds to talks of Thomas Tuchel’s defensive approach

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Earlier in the week, Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal had hit back at suggestions that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel plays defensive football.

Van Gaal shut down a journalist who said the Chelsea boss played defensive football as he makes use of three centre-backs.

Van Gaal shut down Valentijn Driessen as he said: “You have no idea at all. I’m sorry to say it, but you’re just a journalist. You want to implement your vision, but you have no vision in football. You have a vision for the newspaper, fantastic. You attract attention, and so on.

“But with 5-3-2 or 5-2-3 you can attack incredibly well.

“Chelsea show it every time, with different formations. And I take my hat off to Mr Tuchel, because he got in halfway through [last season].”

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has also agreed with Louis Van Gaal that Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are the ‘benchmark’ for how to play the three at the back system in the right way.

Koeman explained: “The best Barca last year was in 3-5-2. We managed to maximize Busquets, we had few attackers available.

“Chelsea are the benchmark, they play in 3-5-2 and are not defensive. We must also see in relation to the workforce available.”

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