3 ways Barcelona could line up with Coutinho

Barcelona‘s protracted pursuit of Philippe Coutinho has finally come to fruition, and with the Brazilian now calling the Camp Nou home, Blaugrana boss Ernesto Valverde faces a slew of options for including the set-piece specialist in the starting XI.

After unparalleled success and countless trophies using a Dutch-inspired 4-3-3, Valverde has tinkered with tactics in his first season with the club. The gaffer has dabbled with 4-2-3-1 and 3-5-2 formations, but it’s a 4-4-2 set up that’s proved the most prosperous.

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Lionel Messi is given free reign to run amok as an emphasis on tiki-taka and crafty passing has shifted toward a system that values efficiency and defensive competence. The results have been nothing short of stunning as Barcelona leads La Liga without a loss and with just three goals conceded to 45 scored.

With Coutinho certain to make an immediate impact in Valverde’s starting XI, here’s a look at three ways Barcelona can line up for the second half of the season, keeping in mind that the Brazilian is cup-tied and ineligible to play in the Champions League:

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