Carlos Kameni has shut out La Liga giants Barcelona for 180 minutes of action this term, with his most recent display securing a 1-0 victory for Malaga at the weekend, and he has told the Daily Mail how to defeat Barcelona.
However, the results have not been all his doing, with the first game - a 0-0 draw - resulting in the immaculate Barca front-line failing to secure a single shot on target.
Luis Enrique did start a weakened line-up for the league tie with Malaga, in preparation for this week’s Champions League fixture with Manchester City, but the defeat will do little to raise spirits ahead of that game - with City starting to enjoy a strong run of form.
Manuel Pellegrini - who coached Malaga for three years before heading to the Etihad Stadium in 2013 - set his team up for the Champions League game with a 5-0 victory over Newcastle, in a fixture that was over in the second minute after Sergio Aguero scored a penalty.
Regardless of their fortunes heading into the game this week, City know that they face a tough task when they host the Catalan club at the Etihad on Tuesday evening, and they would be wise to mirror Malaga’s set-up in the hopes of securing a tight victory over Barcelona. Conceding a goal would be a big mistake to make, and Kameni - who played one-and-a-half seasons with Pellegrini - has explained how Malaga set up to prevent Enrique’s men playing to their strengths.
Quoted by the Daily Mail, Kameni said: “We knew that Barcelona are very good at getting in behind teams and reaching the byline so we were very aware of trying to send them inside at every opportunity so that they couldn’t hurt us down the wings.”
Malaga entered the game with a flat-back four who rarely threatened to attack in an effort to prevent Barca’s attacking trio from exploiting the wings, and it meant that they were continually punting balls into the box which Kameni could easily claim.
Due to the height of City’s central defence, they will have no trouble in dealing with long balls themselves, and the full-backs should be instructed to remain as deep as possible to force Barca into the long ball - rather than play with their usual attacking promptness.