Flexible Barcelona, Success Without the ‘Tiki-Taka’ & Ball Possession
Barcelona – Barcelona under Luis Enrique undergone major changes in the style of play. Tiki-Taka and control of the ball no longer be the dominant factor, two goals against Real Madrid increasingly confirms this.
Since appointed as substitute Gerardo Martino’s seat Barcelona coach, Enrique directly make bold changes. The Catalans in many occasions made play direct football in which attacks are often built with send feedback directly to the heart of the opponent’s defense.
Short passes in very much from one player to another player less and less visible. Ball possession is also no longer the main thing. Barcelona under Enrique more adaptive, not stuck with a monotonous style.
Not familiar with how to play like that, Barcelona had difficulty. But that does not mean they failed to apply the scheme Enrique. Moreover, the scheme is actually doing well because they have a trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Three speeds so the main weapon Barca.
Along with Barca adaptation to the new style, the players became more coherent. Suarez, Neymar and Messi build excellent cooperation, which makes the three become very frightening and ultimately defeat the trio of BBC belongs to Madrid.
How successful Barcelona leave ‘tiki-taka’ and control of the ball and switch to direct football looks when they beat Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon some time ago in which two goals made came from lightning counterattack. The same thing happens when subjecting Madrid 2-1, before dawn.
Barca’s first goal came from a dead ball when a free kick Messi greeted header Jeremy Matieu. While the second goal stems from a long ball sent from the field and Suarez managed to catch the ball and then fired a shot that failed driven Iker Casillas.
“Football is about many things, not just possession. They (Madrid) fast and dangerous, but we stopped them,” said Javier Mascherano after the match ending 2-1.
In the match at the Nou Camp, Barcelona ball penguasaai only by 52.36%. This figure is still higher than Madrid, but the smallest percentage of ball possession Barca in all competitions this season. Similarly, data collected from Opta.