Tiki-Taka Is Put on Backburner As Spain Turns to Speedy Wingers | Best Football Match IN 2024 ?


Tik-taka involves passing the ball rapidly between players to create attacking opportunities, requiring exceptional physical fitness in all players as they must remain constantly moving and passing passes.

Tiki-taka has proven so successful at Barcelona and in Spain due to its positioning and intelligent movement – this has contributed to its immense popularity.Backburner

 Backburner  Spain’s tiki-taka era is over

Pep Guardiola made the tiki-taka soccer tactic famous during his four year reign at Barcelona from 2008-2012, when he utilized it successfully against stronger opponents. Though demanding in terms of discipline and creativity, this style remains popular today in European leagues with teams like Swansea City and Roma employing it successfully.

Tiki-taka is a passing game where players make short passes in automatic triangular formations to confuse defenders and force them to constantly run after the ball. The aim is to tire out their opposition while creating opportunities through quick counter attacks.Backburner

Tiki-taka was first popularised by Johan Cruyff but found further exposure thanks to Pep Guardiola. Under him, Spain won both World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 by dominating possession with an agile style of football.Backburner

Recently, many football enthusiasts around the globe have expressed disappointment with Spain’s style of football. Since 2012, its national team has not won a major trophy; also many of their technical stars from its Golden Generation have retired.Backburner

Spain has undergone an apparent shift in their approach to football due to the rise of counter-attacking football across Europe. This style emphasizes speed and energy over possession and has enabled teams like Germany, Argentina, and Chile to defeat once-powerful Spain machines like theirs.Backburner


 Backburner  Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka philosophy has changed

Tiki-taka has come to define Barcelona and Spain under Pep Guardiola as they adopted a style that prioritizes ball possession and fluid passing in order to create space for their attack team. While some have criticised this form of football as being too slow and boring, its rise revolutionized modern soccer.

Tiki-Taka is an intricate philosophy that demands both technical skill and an immense degree of teamwork for it to work effectively. Players must pass the ball quickly yet intelligently while being in the right spot to receive it from teammate; this allows players to create holes in defense while forcing defenders out of their natural positions.

Watching Barcelona take on Real Madrid is a perfect example of this phenomenon; players appear calm as they advance slowly up the pitch; however, once nearing their opponents’ box they suddenly accelerate and attack with urgency.Backburner

Tik-taka may no longer be as successful under Pep, but the Spanish national team still can benefit from employing this strategy. Under Julen Lopetegui’s tutelage, they averaged 68% possession rate which could help propel them through to Russia for this summer’s World Cup final.Backburner

 Backburner  Spain’s midfielders aren’t suited to tiki-taka

Though it might be easy to attribute the loss of Xavi and Andres Iniesta to Spain’s lack of interest in playing tiki-taka football, this would not entirely be accurate. Instead, the problem lay with having enough players who possessed the necessary attributes to perform this style.Backburner

Tiki-taka required high levels of skill to execute, yet youth soccer and high school teams do not possess players capable of pulling it off successfully. Still, they can gain from its philosophy and apply some of its principles into their game.Backburner

One of the principles of tiki-taka is filling space and pushing defenders towards an area. This can be accomplished in various ways, from moving without the ball and passing rapidly to slowing down and then abruptly speeding up for attacks – as evidenced by this video.

Young Spaniards such as Pedri and Gavi provide Spain with the speed and energy it needs to thrive within its system, which has contributed to their current generation’s success despite losing two key on-field players. If such success continues, perhaps it is time to let go of any notion that tiki-taka has died out altogether.


 Backburner  Spain’s defence isn’t suited to tiki-taka

Spain has struggled to score goals at this tournament, which should come as no surprise given their brand of football – short passing and patience required in tiki-taka can lead players overplaying or becoming disenchanted due to lack of results. When goals do come their way they often come from distance or set pieces – something purists of tiki-taka may view negatively.

Tiki-taka works by opening up holes in an opponent’s defence and gradually exploiting them. Spain’s patient passing has slowly broken down Scotland’s defensive unit until they are open for attack. Watch as Spain slowly exploits Scotland’s vulnerabilities by playing fast, attacking football.

Pep Guardiola has trained his wingers to be quick with their passes and run behind the defense to create space for forwards to run into, often surprising defenders off guard and creating opportunities like this one when Nico Williams bamboozled Giovanni Di Lorenzo to set up Alvaro Morata with an incredible chance. A goal like this would never have come about through traditional tiki-taka. Yet this goal showed Spain’s speedy wingers can deliver explosive moments at this World Cup tournament, giving the Spanish side hope of getting back onto track after missing opportunities earlier on in earlier matches.

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