Head coach of “Dynamo” Mircea Lucescu believes that the progenitor of the “Tiki-taki”, which were cultured in the “Barcelona” Josep Guardiola, was the team of Romania sample 70-ies of the last century.
“In the late 60-ies of the last century, the main coach of the national team of Romania was appointed Angelo Niculescu. We’ve never been fast, aggressive, or lightning. The Romanian players do not have such quality. But we were masters in the art of contact with the ball. It was something innate, like Spaniards, Portuguese or Italians. And then Niculescu decided that we need the opponent to dictate the rhythm of the match. And we have created your gaming style, consisting of long repassing, with the goal often shifts to focus our attacks. It has become a feature of our game. In fact, this style was the precursor to Tiki-taki. We can say that Romania in the 70-ies he founded the style then caught on in Barcelona, Lucescu said.
Recall Mircea Lucescu played for the national team of Romania from 1966 to 1979.