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Barca ´blueprint´ can stay, says Pele

20 February 2012 14:13

Former Brazil legend Pele said that he hopes Barcelona's skilful style of play will be emulated by teams in future.

Pele compared the Catalans to clubs that dominated in the past such as Benfica, Ajax, AC Milan and Real Madrid, and feels that the key to success is to have a group of footballers playing together for a long time.

"Barcelona's style is the football people want to see and I really hope it's the blueprint for the future. I really hope skill wins out over strength," Pele told the FIFA website.

"Look at Germany. They play a much more technical game today, and that's the football we want to see. We want to see the ball moving, not the players, and you only get that with teams that are really well-organised."

"I've been watching this Barca side a lot lately and they're like Santos were in my heyday, or the great Benfica, Ajax, AC Milan and Real Madrid sides. They all set the standard in their day and, like I said, the key to their success was the fact that they had settled line-ups over a long period of time."

Barcelona have won three Champions League titles in the past six years and have also lifted the Club World Cup trophy twice in that period.

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