Hugo Sanchez: I prefer Real Madrid's direct style to Barcelona's passing game

The former Blancos striker has a lot of admiration for the way Jose Mourinho's men play, and hopes that a Spaniard will win the Fifa Ballon d'Or
Hugo Sanchez has revealed that he prefers Real Madrid's direct style to Barcelona's tiki-taka.

The former attacker won five Liga titles during his spell at the Santiago Bernabeu from 1985 to 1992, and feels the current squad could repeat that feat under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.

"I personally prefer Real Madrid's playing style to Barcelona's style. I like the directness and explosiveness," Hugo Sanchez stated to Radio Marca.

"It's a style that has always served Madrid well. If we conceded once, we scored three ourselves. If they scored twice, we netted five times.

"You have to be aggressive and play at high pace with vertical passes. And obviously, you have to be strong in defence as well.

"Mourinho has made them a perfectly balanced team. I am convinced that they can win three or four consecutive titles with Mourinho in charge. They might even bring back the golden days."

The Mexican coach then had his say on the Fifa Ballon d'Or and made it clear that he wants a Spanish player to win it.

"I would love it if a Spaniard won it, but both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi deserve it, too. In 2010, Xavi was the one who deserved it, but things are more equal now. It would be wonderful if [Iker] Casillas won it."