Johan Cruyff, who died on Thursday, was an artist with the ball but also had his inimitable way of describing his relationship with football. Here are five classic Cruyff quotes:
“Playing football is very simple, but playing simple football is the hardest thing there is”.
“Technique is not about being able to juggle a ball 1,000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is about passing the ball with one touch, at the right speed, onto the right foot of your team mate.”
“Why couldn’t you beat a richer club? I’ve never seen a bag of money score a goal.”
“After you’ve won something, you’re no longer 100 percent, but 90 percent. It’s like a bottle of carbonated water where the cap is removed for a short while. Afterwards there’s a little less gas inside.”
“When you play a match, it is statistically proven that players actually have the ball three minutes on average. So, the most important thing is what do you do during those 87 minutes when you do not have the ball. That is what determines whether you’re a good player or not.”