Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Johan Cruyff : Madrid Lost Their Philosopy...

Barcelona’s former legendary player and coach Johan Cruyff has not missed the opportunity to have a dig at a wounded Real Madrid side ahead of their sizzling showdown this weekend in El Gran Clasico.

Madrid Have Lost Their Football Philosophy – Johan Cruyff

Despite Los Blancos’ crisis on and off the pitch, the Dutch maestro does not believe that victory is already guaranteed for the Blaugrana.

“Barca are playing great at the moment, but we have to be careful of the euphoria,” he was quoted as saying by Sport. “El Clasico is always different from every other game.

“I don’t think that the match will be a title-decider. It’s just another three points. It will be most special for all cules if we win, but there are still another 69 points to play for.”

Cruyff then went on to criticise Madrid’s philosophy when it comes to the cantera as the debate and controversy rages on about the two clubs’ youth system.

The 61-year-old said: “Barca have Guardiola and Madrid have Schuster.

“Pep has not revolutionised anything. He has only given continuity to a philosophy that already exists at the Camp Nou.

“I re-introduced the tradition when I arrived at the club [as coach] in 1988. But it would not have been successful if my successors had not continued my work.

“At Madrid, they do not know how to harness or look for that philosophy ever since the end of the ‘Quinta del Buitre’ era.”

But Cruyff did have some positive words for the Bernabeu club, as he believes they've signed a winner in Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

He added: “(Huntelaar) is a humble boy who has already had a good head-start. I can compare him to (Ruud) van Nistelrooy.”

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