Their next nine league matches have seen the side go undefeated and accumulate 23 points – with seven wins and two draws – while the club have also progressed through their opening two Copa del Rey fixtures.
Two of the games in Barca’s run – against Eibar, a draw, and the weekend win over Elche – were without star player Lionel Messi, and in general the level of play is much higher.
The 4-2-3-1 was not working; Frenkie de Jong was struggling in the ‘double pivot’ role alongside Sergio Busquets, whose form had also dipped.
The 4-3-3 has primarily benefitted both players with Busquets now back to his familiar role of anchoring the midfield three with de Jong – five goals in 43 days – and Pedri acting as ‘interiors’ – teenage star Pedri had previously played in a wide attacking role in the prior formation, but his form has improved centrally.
The team is now more fluid with better mechanics – allowing the full-backs greater license to get forward and having more solidity in the middle of the pitch with a better balance between their individuals.