Pizarro slates Spanish style

Fiorentina midfielder David Pizarro doesn't think much of the Spanish 'tiki taka' style of play.

The Chilean worked under Spaniard Luis Enrique at Roma last season but didn't see much game time and was sent out on loan to Manchester City. And upon hearing that his new boss Vincenzo Montella isn't fond of the short passing style, Pizarro was quick to support the tactician's stance.

“Montella criticised tiki-taka? I agree with him,” the playmaker is quoted as saying in Corriere Fiorentino.

“In Italy you actually need to score goals. Extended periods of possession can be fun when you are winning and represent an extra weapon when you are trying to tire out your opponents and hit them for a second time.

“However, last season we saw Luis Enrique at Roma with everyone talking about tiki-taka. It’s best left alone…”

Enrique quit the capital club at the end of last season after a disappointing seventh place finish.

His successor Zdenek Zeman has been a outspoken critic of the Spanish tactical template, saying “horizontal passes are pointless.”

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