Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is not a fan of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s football and has insisted Pep Guardiola’s playing style as “boring”.
The France international just moved to the Camp Nou from Lyon in the summer and never played under previous Blaugrana chief Guardiola, who supervised a four-year prolong of control in which Barcelona won three La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues in 2008 and 2012.
The Frenchman said he didn’t think much about his style of play and thought that it was extremely tedious to watch and play. Umtiti said that he favoured the side’s style of play under Frank Rijkaard and portrayed Pep Guardiola’s possession based tiki-taka system as boring now at times.
“The period with Ronaldinho, Deco, when they won the Champions League,” Umtiti said when asked when he first got excited about watching the Catalan giants.
“Frank Rijkaard was the coach and I loved watching them play, their style, the way they kept the ball, moved it around. No other team did it like them. There was an incredible winning culture. The players never seemed satisfied. I almost never missed one of their matches.
“Then it became less interesting. I said to my friends, ‘I love Barca’s style of play, but when they keep the ball for 10 years, it’s as boring as s—.’ After that, Barcelona evolved again.”
The big defender also heaped praise on his star team-mate Messi and revealed that the Argentine dribbles past team-mates like cones during training.
“He has so much ease on the ball,” he said. “His talent is innate although he works a lot. In training he does things that are out of the norm. Sometimes he dribbles past everyone as if we were nothing more than cones, including me.”
Barcelona are currently struggling to keep up with table-topping Real—Los Blancos sit six points clear at the summit of the Spanish top flight. This weekend’s El Clasico is a chance for the Catalan side to close the gap on their rivals but at the same time Madrid could pull away and take control of the league title race if they win.