Clash of styles: Hard-hitting Getafe faces Messi’s Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona’s home match against Getafe on Saturday promises to be one for aficionados of coaching strategies to savor.

The match not only pits two of the top three teams in the Spanish league, it will also contrast the two most dissimilar playing styles in the competition.

Ever since Johan Cruyff returned to coach Barcelona in the late 1980s, the club has not wavered from its doctrine of dominating the ball and picking opponents apart with an intricate passing attack.

Getafe has surpassed expectations for two consecutive seasons by playing hard-nosed defense that breaks the rhythm of rivals, and wears them down so its forwards can produce decisive finishes.

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