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Squad: De Gea, Lindegaard; Evra, Ferdinand, M Keane, Vidic; Anderson, Bebe, Brady, Carrick, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani, Valencia, Young; Berbatov, Hernandez, Kagawa, Rooney.

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452 Comments

  1. Ugandan Red says:

    Balaji at 21:25
    Couldn’t agree more. I can’t count the niumber of times I watched Barca play without dozing off. People say its beautiful but I found it plain boring

  2. Wakey says:

    I agree with the few who say tiki-taka wouldn’t work for us in the English League. I’m convinced based on Arsenal that so much of its success with Barca and Spain happens BEFORE they step on the pitch as the media praise gets into the opponents heads.

    Arsenal had success with it but teams started going negative against them which gave others a belief that they could be beaten by using the tactics. When more got results you saw teams like ourselves develop tactics that would nullify the play without being completely negative. Then the media started to turn and soon very few clubs went into games with them beaten and more and more got results.

    We saw last season it happen with Barca and then it started to happen at the Euros with Spain in a couple of games. Sadly while the media would be all over United Barca & Spain are the medias favourites and even when showing no plan B they largely haven’t turned on them yet. And I don’t believe there is enough quality or the right players to break the myth anywhere near the rate the Premier League did to Arsenal.

    Certainly at the end of the day I think Footballs better the way we play it, where we may have a preferd style but that styles a lot more balanced and allows us to change to other plans where needed which the tiki-taka teams have shown little evidence of being able to

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