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Can 3-4-3 propel Barcelona?


Dortmund out to add to Benfica’s Germany misery. It was a subtle change by Luis Enrique that helped turn things around for Barcelona.The outgoing coach switched the team’s set-up from the traditional 4-3-3 scheme to a 3-4-3 not long after a demoralising 4-0 first-leg loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.“We found what we wanted with this variation,” said Luis Enrique. “We will have our chances against PSG.”The new system, with an additional man in the midfield, reinvigorated the squad and improved the offence, a sector which will be crucial for the team on Wednesday.


The five-time European champion scored 13 goals in the three matches since Luis Enrique made the switch to three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards.Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos says Borussia Dortmund must give ‘300 %’ in its bid to reach the quarterfinals and add to Benfica’s miserable record in Germany. Benfica has a precious 1-0 lead after Konstantinos Mitroglou’s wining goal in Lisbon. Benfica’s record on German soil is poor with 14 defeats in 22 European games and just two victories