Why Johan Cruyff's criticism of English football wasn't correct


It’s spelt out in black and white in the new Johan Cruyff book, as though the late maestro were speaking directly to us even after his death and characteristically telling it how it is. 

In his memoirs, My Turn, published last week, Cruyff is discussing some of the staff at Ajax, including former Arsenal man, Marc Overmars, and Manchester United’s Edwin van der Sar.

‘In the field of tactics they were educated in a country that doesn’t actually count from a tactical point of view: England,’ says Cruyff. ‘The English have never been that keen on tactics, so you couldn’t have expected them to take my tactical message on board.’ File under: ‘How others see us.’

The great Johan Cruyff said in his memoirs that English football has never been keen on tactics

The great Johan Cruyff said in his memoirs that English football has never been keen on tactics

Dutch master Cruyff, here with a young Pep Guardiola, was one of the game's great theorists

Dutch master Cruyff, here with a young Pep Guardiola, was one of the game’s great…



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