Tika Taka – The brand of football made famous by Barcelona in recent years. It involves holding the lion’s share of possession and boring a team to death with infinite passes. Made enjoyable only by the genius of Lionel Messi (yet to be seen against Chelsea).
Not bad, Chelsea managed to attempt 209 passes.
Chelsea completed 135 passes in total at the Nou Camp in comparison to Barcelona’s 755.
In terms of successful passes Chelsea averaged a goal every 90 passes. Barcelona on the other hand managed one every 755. A remarkable eight and a half times more than Chelsea.
I’m no expert but as a fan I know which one I’d rather see my team average.
For all their plaudits they aren’t the Harlem Globetrotters. Barcelona can’t claim to be the greatest show on earth. Watching them pass the ball across the Chelsea box was by and large due to Chelsea’s tactics but their refusal to play a different way, in fact their failure to be able to play another way leaves them at times mind-numbingly dull. Especially when Messi is not at his best.
Tiki Taka football – contrary to what anyone at Barcelona might tell you, is not the only way to play football.
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