Barca criticised for relying on Messi


LaLiga giants FC Barcelona have been criticised by a former Real Madrid manager for relying on Lionel Messi to come up with the goods.

Messi has become the Catalan giants' talisman over the years and even at the age of 32, this season has been no diffrerent.

The Argentine leads the club with 14 goals in LaLiga this season, with the injured Luis Suarez (11) and Antoine Griezmann (7) in second and third respectively.

Former Los Blancos manager Fabio Capello has not been impressed with the Catalan giants in recent years and made a comparison with ex-Barcelona tactician Pep Guardiola.

"I liked Barcelona how they were before, (this side) spends too long just passing the ball about the pitch, without getting near the opponents' area, then hope that the genius, Leo Messi, conjures up some magic," Capello said, as per AS.

"I like the trainers ready on the bench, who know how to identify the characteristics of their players and adapt their tactical strategy to the playing style of their best players," the 73-year-old added.

"Guardiola has changed a lot. You look at Manchester City and there is no tiki-taka. It's vertical football, aggressive, high speed, and always looking towards the goal. He understands that he has to evolve to keep winning."