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Kroos is the example

Oct 27, 2014

Johan Cruyff names Toni Kroos as the best example of how a midfield player should dictate the game. In his weekly column for Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf', Cruyff says that the way Kroos played against Barcelona would provide the perfect lesson to young players in the youth setup.

"When a team gets possession of the ball, the first pass has to go forward. The second pass can than go wide or back to combine. Considering this, I have enjoyed watching Toni Kroos during Real Madrid - Barcelona. He should be the example", Cruyff writes.< br/>< br/> According to Cruyff a team needs players like Kroos, Xavi or Ajax's Davy Klaassen to have a central midfielder whose mindset is about going forward instead of going back. "Because the backs are going forward on the wings the midfielders most of times take over their defensive positions. This leaves a big space in midfield that can be exploited by the opponent."

"The central midfielder makes this even worse if he drops back and becomes a fifth defender, while he should be the man setting up the attacking play. For that position you need to have a very good eye for positions and have the technique to handle the ball quickly. "All three of these players have a perfect first touch and can pass with their left foot as well as with their right foot", Cruyff says.

"As soon as Klaassen plays from midfield, the ball is played faster. And he hardly ever loses the ball. Too often I hear that he receives compliments for running 12 or 14 kilometers per match, but I think there is something wrong when a playmaker is completing the biggest distance."

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Oct 27, 2014

Kroos is the example

Johan Cruyff names Toni Kroos as the best example of how a midfield player should dictate the game. In his weekly column for Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf', Cruyff says that the way Kroos played against Barcelona would provide the perfect lesson to young players in the youth setup.

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