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New Roma boss Zeman: No Barcelona tiki-taka HERE!

AS Roma coach Zdenek Zeman has taken a shot at predecessor Luis Enrique and Barcelona's 'tiki-taka' style of play.

Like many, Zeman finds the possession game ho-hum.

"In my football I try to eliminate pointless things, so for me a horizontal pass is futile, as it's just loaning each other the ball. We must always try to do something that will have meaning."

This feels like the opposite of what predecessor Luis Enrique wanted over the past season at Roma.

"I think it's only normal that coming out of the Barcelona school, where they focus so much on possession, that means preparing for a long move that takes you to the conclusion.

"I am quicker, in the sense that with possession you also give your opponents time to get settled in defence. It's much more difficult to break down a defence that is closed rather than catching them unprepared. I also see long-range shots as rather desperate. In my type of football, the striker must receive service.

"We also play the same way, whether home or away. With Pescara this season we scored 45 goals at home and 45 on our travels."

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