"Too much walking"Feb 23, 2015
''I have got mixed feelings about the Dutch teams in the Europa League.'' Johan Cruyff expresses his concerns about the performances of Feyenoord and Ajax in Europe in his weekly column in Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf'.
"Feyenoord were continuously walking backwards against AS Roma until the Italians scored the 1-0. Thereupon, they were a complete different side. Instead of expanding the score to 2-0 or 3-0, it was suddenly Feyenoord who were dominating."
"Ajax did exactly the opposite by dominating the first part, of which little remained after taking a 1-0 lead. Just like Feyenoord in the beginning, Ajax were walking backwards in the second half and the goalkeeper was being named man of the match."
"This is typical for the current situation in the Netherlands. Nowadays someone is playing a good game when walking 12 or 13 kilometres, while this is simply a huge shortcoming. You need to know why you are walking. A defender needs to shadow his midfielder going deep, otherwise the midfielder is forced to walk the additional metres while going back."
"The general rule is that if the defence is in front of the penalty area, the striker is moving around the centre circle. This is the maximal distance to keep the team in a compact line. This way you can easily deal with the pressure of your opponent and control the match in a better way. When Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV are not capable of doing this in the Europa League this week, they will be in trouble."