2012-04-24 23:06:56 UTC
1) Has it been found out? It's tough to make that claim. Firstly, when
did Barca truly becoming a tiki taka team. I don't recall them being
that in the Ronaldinho era (could be mistaken though), so let's say
since 2007–08, which is 4 seasons now. In that time, they have won 3
out of 4 La Ligas, and 2 out of 4 UCLs, and gone to the SFs in the
other two UCLs. They were "out-bussed" twice in that time, Inter 2010
and Chelsea 2012. Does that constitute being found out? Hard to claim
that, as they won everything in sight between those losses in 2011.
And Chelsea rode their luck bigtime in this tie, and Villa was out, so
IMO it's premature to say that the style has met its demise.
2) Tougher question, but could another manager with a team with a top
budget (e.g. RM, Man City, Chelsea) buy top players, make them play
tiki-taka, and make them as dominating as Barca? In other words, is it
the philosophy/style itself, or is it Barca's unique player/coach
pedigree that made the style so successful? I think if it was the
former then many other coaches would've tried it. It would be
interesting to see Guardiola take this style elsewhere and make it
Be interested to hear other views on both counts.