The Characteristics of The Tiki Taka System & How to Emulate Guardiola’s Possession Tactic in Football Manager
Welcome Passion4FM’s first ever tactical analysis where I kick it off by analyzing the famous Barcelona Tiki Taka playing style with the purpose to replicate it in Football Manager 2015. I hope you’ll embrace my tactical analysis of the tiki taka.
Upon the last 100 years in the history of football, there have been times when one club rule above all else – winning numerous trophies and playing entertaining football on ‘another level’. Some of these clubs have influenced the tactical evolution more than others. Here we can briefly mention the Hungarian national team of the 1950s, Helenio Herreras Internazionale of the 1960s, the Ajax Amsterdam side (1965 – 1973) or the AC Milan side of the late 80s.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, there is one team who have stood out. For over 10 years, FC Barcelona has amazed the footballing world with glorious moments of both individual and team performances – becoming both the most winning club in Spain and producing some of the best players in history.
Table of Content
The System & Introduction
- Tiqui-Taca – What is it?
- Josep Guardiolas System of Play
- The Purpose of the High Defensive Block
- The Importance of Player Positioning
Page 2 – In Possession
- The Beauty of the Pass: Retaining Possession
- Transition from Defense to Attack: Playing Out of Defense
- The Importance of the Pressure Relievers: Creating Spaces
Page 3 – In Attack
Page 4 – Regaining Possession
FC Barcelona can be titled as the most successful club in the 21st century, at least so far. Between 2004 and 2013, FC Barcelona won the Spanish La Liga on 6 occasions, UEFA Champions League trophy three times (2006, 2009, 2011) and ranking up a total of 21 consecutive trophies in the last decade. Most impressive were former La Masia educate Josep Guardiola four year period as manager ranking up 14 titles of the mentioned 21(!) recording an impressive 72.47 win ratio through 247 competitive matches.
One of the reasons behind their success is their playing style and tactics – the tiki-taka – a style which is as complicated as its simple.
NOW I feel the time has come to write a tribute to, and salute, the Barcelona tiki-taka playing style, which had its golden era between 2005 and 2011. Even though some claim that the era has definitely come to the end, (perhaps more because of the aging of its players(?), the point that many of them have won the all, several key injuries, fatigue due to playing over 60 matches per season plus international caps from the prominent first XI in addition to a rapid change of managers after Josep Guardiola stepped down than actually bad results), Barcelona under Luis Enrique is on a whooping 70.5 average possession spell so far this season (2014-2015), something that makes me assure the football philosophy is still valid … and of course, in evolution. Personally, I will always look up to it as ‘the best way’ of keeping and dominating possession … especially in Football Manager.
Throughout this tactical analysis of the Barcelona tiki-taka playing style and of Pep Guardiola’s tactical masterclass, I like to show you what it’s based and founded on – its pillars. Here I will dig deeper into the Tiki-Taka system showing you how Barcelona acted in the different phases of play, the different positional systems used by Josep Guardiola and other important aspects of the football philosophy, which brought the club massive success. The aim is to merge real football with Football Manager, letting you get a closer view on the tactical aspect of the extreme possession style of play.
Hopefully, it will make it eksier for you to re-create a tiki-taka tactic in Football Manage. Or perhaps even better, give you some ideas to revolutionize it for the next decade by bringing your own vision of the tiki-taka playing style to a new era of success.