Call this more of a question and more of an expanded thought more than a known fact that we are all assured that we learned.
Just watching Barcelona play against Celtic—as good as they were and as wonderful as they were to watch—you get the feeling sometimes that this is a side that plays too many passes.
They knock the ball back too often and, had they been more direct in their attack, most likely would have beaten Celtic by a scoreline like 3-1 or 4-2, such is their attacking potency and dominance with the likes of Lionel Messi floating around.
According to WhoScored, Barcelona finished the match with 82 percent possession and a 93 percent pass completion percentage. They had 28 shots—one every three and a bit minutes—and the likes of Alexandre Song, Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta and Xavi all finished with over 100 passes for the match.
The argument is that their attack is fine and that they don't need to be more direct, but they did nearly lose to Celtic, at home, with stats that suggest they should have won by about seven or eight goals. I just wonder if the tika-taka can be partly blamed for that.
I'd love to hear from some people who watch the Spanish league leaders more intently than I do, but I wonder if, with the managerial shift from Pep Guardiola to Tito Vilanova, Barcelona have lost some of their attacking direction and have become victims of their own tika-taka style, to an extent.
Obviously the idea is to wear their opponents down. I just wonder if they're wearing themselves down as well by trying to throw just one too many passes sideways when they have the option of going forward.
After all, they do have the best striker in the game in Lionel Messi. Perhaps a little more forward movement wouldn't hurt from Barca. Just a thought, I guess.
What did you learn from the Champions League this week?
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