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Former Bayern Boss Slams Pep's 'Tick, Tack' Football

A former Bayern Munich boss has slammed Pep Guardiola's "tick, tack" football, insisting the Spaniard is taking the possession-based game too far.

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Giovanni Trappatoni, who won three trophies with the German giants in the 1990s, has criticised his former side's style of play under Guardiola.

"What I see in world football at the moment is true, particularly for Bayern," the Italian told Bild.

"For me, there's too much possession. Tick, tack, tick, tack. Tuck, tuck, tuck. To and fro. With too little return. And after 27 minutes they shoot on the goal for the first time – that's inefficient."

Guardiola's Bayern have had the most possession in the UEFA Champions League this season, averaging 65.1% per game, but Trappatoni says he prefers a more direct style of play.

"You have to attack in a more determined manner," he added.

"There is a goal in the middle – when the midfielders pass the ball backwards, 70 metres away from that goal, I don't like it. For me, it's too much.

"There was a Swedish coach at AC Milan 30 years ago, Nils Liedholm. He started with the idea of permanent possession. But football is jab jab. Shoot and score. The thing with possession is not new – with Pep it's extreme."

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Guardiola has won five trophies since taking charge of the Bavarians in 2013, and can potentially still add another three before leaving the club at the end of the season.

Do you like Guardiola's possession-based style of play? Have your say in the comments section below.

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