'Messi won those Champions Leagues' Felix Magath Criticizes Guardiola

Mon 12 October 2020 | 12:27

Former FC Bayern coach has criticized Pep Guardiola and says the Manchester city coach has relied on Messi to win European trophies back at Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola started his coaching career in Barcelona back in 2008-09 season which he ended with a historic treble for Catalans. They won the Champions league again just 2 years later by beating Manchester United in the final, a game that put Guardiola among the greatest coaches to ever sit on Barca's bench. However, since his departure from Barcelona in 2013 the Spaniard has not been able to enjoy European trophies again even though his records in domestic competitions are still incredible.  

In a recent interview with Sport Bild, former Bayern coach Felix Magath has slammed Guardiola's possession- based tactics and has emphasized the role of star players in his successful seasons at Barcelona.

"Messi won the title, not Guardiola,

"Without Messi, this system has never worked as successfully for Guardiola, otherwise he would have won the Champions League with Bayern or Manchester City long ago.

"Tiki-taka only works if you have players who are technically superior to their opponents. For the spectator, holding the ball, as I call it, is just boring and a top team doesn't really need it.

"In my opinion, Guardiola generally too often gets lost in trying to win a game in advance. That tactic often ends in wrong decisions, which prevent success."

source: SportMob

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