English Premiership

'Tika-Taka' not dead - Cazorla

2014-09-05 13:03
Santi Cazorla (AP)
Cape Town - Don't blame "Tika-taka" for Spain's horror run, says Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla.


Cazorla told arsenal.com that the philosophy made famous by Spain and Barcalona is still crucial to football.

Critics of Spain's poor World Cup performance lashed out at the passing style of football which the team has adopted after the national side crashed out with some labeling it as outdated but Cazorla disagrees.

"In my opinion 'tiki-taka' is crucial for football," stressed the Arsenal midfielder.

"I identify myself with the style because it was playing this way how Spain achieved success. In my opinion 'tiki-taka' is crucial for football.

"Everyone says this was the best football played by a national side for ages. And if you lose, that doesn't mean the style is dead.

"It's not that everything looks beautiful when you win or ugly when you lose." added Cazorla.

"Spain have their philosophy, they will stick to it and I'm sure we'll succeed again very soon." 

"Being in a World Cup for the first time was a unique experience," Cazorla said describing his trip to Brazil.

"I was lucky enough to play in a World Cup and that's something I will tell my children in the future.

"It's true that it wasn't the best one for us. Spain wanted to win, to perform well... but nowadays any rival can beat you. For some reason we were outscored by Netherlands and Chile and that's why were eliminated.

"The experience will be mine forever." 

"It was unique for me to live that experience and I hope to play for Spain for many years."

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