Samuel Umtiti says that Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona were boring to watch [France Football]

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti

Umtiti not impressed by Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola won it all during his time in charge at Barcelona but summer signing Samuel Umtiti was not impressed by his tiki-taka style of football.

The 23-year-old Frenchman claimed he loved watching Barcelona under Frank Rijkaard (2003-2008) but described the next four years under Pep Guardiola as “boring as s***”.

Considered one of the best coaches in world football, Guardiola took his brand of football to Bayern Munich before joining Manchester City this summer.

Umtiti on Barcelona’s style

“Frank Rijkaard was the coach and I loved watching them play, their style, the way they kept the ball, moved it around. No other team did it like them,” said Umtiti to France Football.

“There was an incredible winning culture. The players never seemed satisfied. I almost never missed their matches.

“Then it became less interesting. I said to my friends, ‘I love Barcelona’s style of play, but when they keep the ball for 10 years, it’s as boring as s**t’. After that, Barcelona evolved again.”

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