I discovered a fantastic video about Barcelona’s tactics. Some of these I described earlier, but I am not nearly the astute follower that the creator of this video is (although there is some stuff missing, particularly about how Guardiola drills his players to see the pitch as 8 squares and each square must be filled at all times.) But it also shows that for all the plaudits Messi (deservedly) gets, the goals and the wins are truly a team effort.
Taking the content of this video as a whole, this goes back to something that I have been saying for quite some time, the style that Barcelona plays is more than just a series of tactics. Rather, tiki-taka is an entire philosophy, a completely unique way to see and play the game, just as Total Football was. Spain’s victory at the World Cup was in a way a redemption of the Holland team of 1974. Barcelona : Spain 2010 – Ajax : Holland 1974.
Sometimes, just sometimes, the universe is kind.