Poor results in Europa League affect EredivisieSep 01, 2014
In his weekly column in Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf', Johan Cruyff worries about the fact that there are only three Dutch teams left in Champions League / Europa league this season. ''To lose three of your six teams this early in the season is a reason to take a good look at what our top football is lacking.''
Before discussing the performances of the Dutch clubs in Europe, Johan Cruyff takes some time to congratulate Daley Blind on his transfer to Manchester United. ''Blind had to perform under a huge amount of pressure the last couple of years, but still managed to make a name for himself internationally by winning the 'Gouden Schoen' (title for best Dutch football player of the year, ed) and playing well at the World Cup. Congratulations are in order. Many congratulations.''
Looking at the poor results of FC Groningen and Feyenoord in European football in July, Cruyff vouches for different arrangements regarding transfers. 'What is the problem with adopting a special clause to keep players from leaving their club until after their first European qualification matches? Not only would the players arrive at their new club in better shape, but it would also improve the chances of Groningen and Feyenoord progressing in Europe.'
Cruyff thinks it is a crying shame some of the Dutch sides were eliminated in the EL play-offs. ''Football players can gain a lot of experience by playing in the in the Europa League, and that will automatically raise the level of play in the Eredivisie.'' Cruyff added he saw too many mistakes in the Eredivisie last weekend that are not supposed to be made at this level. ''The simple fact that talented football players have inadequate control of the basic aspects in football (receiving, passing, speed, positional play, and response to turnovers) is a sign for a better and more to the point education.''