Burnley manager Sean Dyche has claimed that Liverpool won the Champions League by playing ‘anti-football’ last season.
The Burnley boss is often stereotyped as a coach who prefers a direct style of play, though Dyche has pointed to Liverpool‘s Champions League final victory of Tottenham in June as proof that differing styles can prove successful.
Dyche, who was discussing playing styles within football, believes teams who play from the back and keep ball in their own six-yard box could soon revert to a more direct approach.
“You wouldn’t coach an under-12 team to play like that – and the time will come when people start playing it longer again,” the former centre-back told the assembled media this week.
“Glenn Hoddle was the best passer of a football I’ve ever seen.
“In the modern game, why on earth would you go up to him and say, ‘Sorry, I only want you to pass it 10 yards’ when he’s got two cannons in his feet? I always get caned for saying that but I don’t know why.
“You soon swallow your pride about playing out from your own six-yard box if you stop losing and start winning.
“Check out Liverpool’s passing stats in the Champions League final – 67 percent pass completion, only 280 passes in 90 minutes.
“Anti-football won the European Cup final. There you go.”