FC Barcelona won two Champions League titles under Pep Guardiola and that team has often been described as one of the best teams the world has ever seen. The Spanish giants have only won these two titles due to the presence of Lionel Messi, says former Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath. The German coach has blasted the Manchester City coach, stating that his tactics are boring for the spectators.
“Messi won the titles, not Guardiola,” he told Sport Bild. “Without Messi, this system has never worked as successfully for Guardiola, otherwise he would have won the Champions League with Bayern or Manchester City long ago. Tiki-taka only works if you have players who are technically superior to their opponents.”
“For the spectator, holding the ball, as I call it, is just boring and a top team doesn’t really need it. In my opinion, Guardiola generally too often gets lost in trying to win a game in advance. That tactic often ends in wrong decisions, which prevent success.” Since leaving Barcelona Guardiola has never progressed past the quarter finals of the Champions League.