UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine
Group E - Qualifications
Cruyff: "My eyes hurt from the way Oranje played"
30 August 2010
Johan Cruyff recognizes the fact
that Holland's result based football went a long way
(to the final) during the World Cup in South Africa,
but he also admitted that his eyes hurt from the way
Cruyff said so in his weekly column
in Dutch tabloid De Telegraaf. He also said he was happy
that Atletico Madrid beat Inter Milan in Friday's Supercup
"For the sake of football
I was happy with Atletico's victory, a team that plays
with three forwards, whereas Inter only played with
one. And because their work rate wasn't a 100% this
time Wesley Sneijder was neutralized by his own team
mates. He only got a few balls and then a player like
him isn't much use. I hope that Atletico's victory and
Spain winning the World Cup will show people that an
offensive style pays of better in the end."
Cruyff is anxious to see whether
the Dutch national team will continue the same way or
whether Bert van Marwijk will opt for a different style.
"The results may have been just fine, but my eyes
hurt from the way they played. I believe a good side
must be able to play the ball around based on good position
play. But that will be a problem for them as long as
they play two holding midfielders and a 'number 10'."
"That way you're always one man short building
up. When you play one holding midfielder and two playmakers
you're stronger going forward but defensively as well,
because everyone has his back covered. Ofcourse I know
that 99 out of a 100 sides play two holding midfielders
these days, but I will always remain an idealist who
is convinced that other tactical choices and more stylish
football can get you as far or even further. Fortunately
the Spanish teams are proving that that's indeed how
"And that is why I think its
a good sign that Hedwiges Maduro is part of the team
again. That lad has developed really well with one of
the strongest sides in the Spanish league. He's strong
on the air, well skilled and he can defend. With him
in the squad you are able to build up better from behind.
I am looking forward to it."
2012 campaign - Results, schedule, standings
at European Championships
time European Championships ranking