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Juve's policy pays off

May 18, 2015

"Barcelona - Juventus is a nice fixture for the Champions League final. It is a good representation of this season in which Spain and Italy have been on top", Johan Cruyff writes in hiw weekly column in 'De Telegraaf'. "Two Spanish clubs and one Italian side among the last four of the Champion League and two Italian teams and one Spanish club in the semifinals of the Europa League. It says it all."

"It also shows that England are disappointing. They have not been represented in the final phases of a major competition. The same goes for paris Saint-Germain. Once again it proves that you cannot buy success. The French champions as well as Manchester City, have far more money to spend than Juventus."

"That is why I have a lot of respect for the Italians. Not so long ago they were relegated to Serie B because of a matchfixing scandal. But they they came back strong and they decided to build a new stadium. This has proven to be a success since it is always sold out in Turin."

"The team's style of play has also contributed to this. As one of the first clubs, Juventus have understood that the italian fans did not like the purely results-based football. Thanks to all the international matches on television, people learned that there was a lot of more attractive football in the rest of the world. And when you also have to watch a match in an outdated stadium it is no wonder that the numbers of spectators have dropped."

"Juventus does not suffer from this. Not only does the club have a beautiful stadium, it also has a player like Andrea Pirlo. An older player who shows that simple football can be attractive. This way Juve's policy pays off in a place in the final."

"They reached the final at the expense of Real Madrid. That club is paying the cost for a policy in which side-issues generate a lot of attention. There is too much happening off the football pitch. With so many other interests playing a part, a coach never has total control over his team."

"It is of course ridiculous that a team like Real have won only one league title in the last seven years. Missing out on the championship once is not a problem, but to do this so many seasons is unacceptable."

"That is the biggest difference with Barcelona this season. Everyone is helping each other to score goals. You don't see that so often at Real. There have been moments in the past months that I doubted if a player really wanted another player to score. And then you have a problem. Especially if you want to win trophies."

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May 18, 2015

Juve's policy pays off

"Barcelona - Juventus is a nice fixture for the Champions League final. It is a good representation of this season in which Spain and Italy have been on top", Johan Cruyff writes in hiw weekly column in 'De Telegraaf'. "Two Spanish clubs and one Italian side among the last four of the Champion League and two Italian teams and one Spanish club in the semifinals of the Europa League. It says it all."

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