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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment
dawned."

From:
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine - Friendlies
Cruijff: "Not enough depth in your game is asking for trouble"

30-5-2012

If it were up to Johan Cruijff Oranje will not play Rafael van der Vaart and Robin van Persie on the wing at Euro 2012. The Dutch legend thinks there is too little depth in the Dutch game when Holland play like that, and that allows teams like Bulgaria to survive relatively easily.

"First their game needs more depth," Cruijff says in his opinion piece in De Telegraaf. "Over the wings and from midfield."

"Because Van der Vaart and Van Persie didn't play towards the goal line there were hardly any crosses, and as a consequence there weren't any second balls and us such hardly any shots on goal," Cruijff adds. "And then even a modest team like Bulgaria doesn't get into trouble."

Cruijff thinks the solution is fairly straight forward: "B creating more space on the outside there will be more space for the midfielders because the defenders have to drop back further and have more trouble covering the backs of others. Of course midfielders have to anticipate that."

"Holland have to more practice games to work on that. Just like Chelsea played in the Champions League final against Bayern and Bulgaria did on Saturday the Portuguese will organize themselves in much the same way. When there's not enough depth in your game you're asking for trouble."

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