Thursday 23 November 2017

Barcelona even manage to incorporate tiki-taka into their dodgeball games

The passing philosophy spreads far and wide.

By Max McLean

There aren’t many football teams left who have not felt the dizzying effects of Barcelona’s tiki-taka passing style, but that doesn’t mean other sports teams are safe.

The famous football philosophy is apparently a transferable skill, as Barcelona’s pass-masters demonstrated using the tactic to eliminate one another in a game of dodgeball that has got twisted ankles written all over it.

We’re not sure they’d be doing this if they had a Champions League final to prepare for…

Some great passing to start with, and obvious evidence that these fellas know how to share a ball.

Luis Suarez is unsurprisingly competitive – imagine a board game evening round his place – and his efforts ensure a surprise exit for Neymar.

Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets then combine well in the centre, but it’s Pique’s involvement in some textbook tiki-taka to take out Ivan Rakitic that’s most impressive. One touch, two touch – this lad’s got it all.

So there you have it, no sport is safe – apart from maybe snooker. There’s no room for tiki-taka at the Crucible theatre.

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