Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti has risked the wrath of a section of the club's fans and hierarchy by suggesting that the club were prone to playing boring football under Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola is a bonafide legend at the Nou Camp, having first featured as a player he then revolutionised the club as a manager in a four-year spell that saw him collect three league titles, two Champions League victories and two Copa del Reys.
While there, he invented the notion of 'tiki taka' passing and inspired a wave of copycats and hopefuls looking to emulate the success he enjoyed.
However, while many still laud that particular style of play, Umtiti – who joined the club from Lyon over the summer – is not in a rush to see it return to the Nou Camp pitch.
In an interview with France Football (via the Daily Mail) the young France international reveals his distaste for the slow build up play and almost mechanised passing that Guardiola instilled in his players.
“It was less passionate,” he said.
“I said to my friends, ‘I adore Barca but when they keep possession for 10 years, it’s boring.’ Later their play changed again.”
Guardiola departed Barcelona in 2012 to take up the reigns at Bayern Munich a year later, and is now in charge at Manchester City where he continues to stay true to his philosophy.
Under Luis Enrique, who was a teammate of Guardiola's for a period in the 90s, Barcelona have employed a slightly more direct style of play, which will no doubt be more to Umtiti's liking.
Possession still the key
However, despite speeding up the play a little, possession still remains high on Barcelona's agena. According to Squawka, Barcelona are second only to Bayern Munich in terms of seeing most of the ball in any of Europe's top five leagues this season.
But that's not helping them in the hunt for the La Liga title this season. Currently Luis Enrique's Barca are six points off the pace of Real Madrid at the top of the table as the two sides prepare to meet each other in the first El Clasico of current campaign.
And Umtiti, who cost the club a hefty fee over the summer, has just six appearances under his belt so far and his form has suggested that he may not even be in the squad for this weekend's encounter.
So while he's entitled to his opinion, he may want to think twice next time and wait until the side aren't struggling to keep up with their arch rivals.
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