Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti believes Barcelona are a boring team to watch and would be even more mundane without Lionel Messi.
Barca have been the dominant team in world football in recent years, but Moratti said he struggles to appreciate their possession-based style of play.
“Football remains one of the mysteries of life and you never know how it will end. That’s why I feel watching Barcelona is quite boring,” Moratti told La Stampa.
“They would be even more boring to watch without Lionel Messi.
“I prefer quicker and a more direct style of football. A counter-attack, three touches of the ball and then a shot on goal.”
The oil tycoon then went on to explain why Inter opted not to make a move for midfielder Paul Pogba, who joined Juventus from Manchester United in the close season.
“We followed him,” Moratti said.
“He seemed like a good player to me. We had an agreement with Manchester United not to approach each other’s players who were nearing the end of their contracts, though.
“It was a request from (Alex) Ferguson, so we didn’t go after him. Perhaps we made the wrong decision, but you can’t snap up every player.”
Pogba has impressed for Juve in the opening months of the 2012/13 campaign, and netted the winner for the Serie A champions against Bologna on Wednesday.