In a new book that chronicled his first year at Bayern Munich, former Barcelona Manager, Pep Guardiola revealed that he hates tiki-taka.
Tiki-taka is a brand of possession based football introduced by Johan Cruyff to Barcelona and a style that became synonymous with Guardiola during his time at Barcelona. Guardiola however described tiki-taka as “pointless” claiming that tiki-taka was just based on passing the ball with no real intention. Guardiola was livid with his Bayern team after an unconvincing win and was quoted saying “I loathe all that passing for the sake of it, all that tiki-taka. It’s so much rubbish and has no purpose. You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition’s goal. It’s not about passing for the sake of it.” Guardiola claims that when his teams possess the ball they do it to drag opponents out of position before hitting them where it hurts and in his opinion, that is not tiki-taka.