Is Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich side the new Barcelona? Are they playing the tiki taka style even better than Barcelona, the originators of the possession soccer style?
Well, if you watch this video below it certainly seems like it Bayern Munich are better at keeping the ball and pinging it in and around the opposing team.
As the announcer rightly says, "It's like they're playing with 13 players." And it's not like Bayern Munich is playing against some low level second division soccer club. No, it's Bayern Munich versus Manchester City, one of the best soccer clubs in the world, who won the English Premier League just a few years ago. Take a look at how many passes Bayern Munich string together - amazing how the hold on to the ball and then win it back so quickly when they do lose it. If they keep this passing up, the possession total average for Bayern Munich is going to be like 80% this year in the Bundesliga.
Hopefully, what will happen in the coming months is we'll see Bayern Munich face off against Barcelona in the Champions League once again. Then we'll know who are the true masters of the tiki taka style of soccer.
Last year, Bayern Munich beat Barcelona in the Chamions League with a total aggregate score of 7-0. Yes, Messi didn't even score in the two matches, believe it or not. And it wasn't just the scoreline that was embarrassing, it was the way the Bayern controlled the game and didn't concede possession time to Barca. But I'm sure Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and new signing, Neymar, won't let that happen again.
Besides who will win the most soccer matches, it will be interesting to see who has the most possession of the ball in their match and wins the titki taka style points battle....