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Johan Cruyff is not sure if Barcelona actually needs Pogba

Paul Pogba is one of the most attracted summer targets in the world of football as all the top clubs have shown interest in signing the French star of Juventus and Barcelona has reportedly launched an offer of around €56 million in order to lure him to Camp Nou but Johan Cruyff is not sure if Barcelona actually has a real need to sign the 22 year old player.

The top European leagues have already kicked off in full force and the summer transfer window is still open, this gives the chance for clubs to continue on spending cash in reinforcing their respective squads and make last minute signings.

Barcelona has the task of not only defending the Spanish League trophy but also to protect their Champions League title and it order to accomplish this monumental feat, Rudi Garcia is still searching around the transfer market for another potential arrival and one of these players is Paul Pogba.

Former star of Barcelona, Johan Cruyff said: ‘’In my opinion he is a great player. ‘But if you are a coach, you sign a player to make the other players and the team better.Now, we must see if Pogba is the player who Barcelona needs, or not’’

Johan Cruyff continued on voicing his thoughts about the current situation of Barcelona as the Dutchman added on: ‘’Barcelona has a great reputation in the world of football. However, the club has seven open legal trials It is damaging the image and the reputation of the club and in my opinion this is unacceptable’’ Continue reading

Johan Cruyff labels Real Madrid as ‘’Ridiculous’’

The former star of Barcelona, Johan Cruyff has emerged from the shadows and the Dutch retired player turned Real Madrid into his main talking point as he called the Spanish club to be: ‘’unacceptable and ridiculous’’

 

Since May of 2010, Real Madrid has had 3 different managers taking charge of the club. In 2010 it was Jose Mourinho but the Portuguese manager was sacked after only managing to lift La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Spanish Supercup titles in 3 years.

Carlo Ancelotti replaced Mourinho and the Italian coach did significantly better as he was able to push the team to a Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey and FIFA Club World Cup pieces of silverware all of which were snatched during his debut season in charge of the Spanish club.

Ancelotti was unable to replicate his success in his 2nd managerial career at the Santiago Bernabeu and was sacked and replaced by Rafael Benitez.

All of these changes within the managerial staff of Real Madrid has caused the team to not find their rhythm and Johan Cruyff took his chance to bash the Spanish club who have not managed to win La Liga since the 2011-12 season. Continue reading

Mario Melchiot says that the national team are too reliant on Arjen Robben

Former Dutch defender Mario Melchiot says that the national team are too reliant on Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben and this could force them into missing out on a place in the Euro 2016 finals.

The national team has been encountering a wretched run of form since the World Cup 2014 came to an end on a high after the team finished in the third place by beating Brazil. This tournament also witnessed the departure of Louis van Gaal and the return of Guus Hiddink for yet another term in charge of the national team.

Even though they have managed two wins and a draw from the last three matches, they have been poor up until now and this is close to sending them out of the Euro 2016 finals. Netherlands are already third in the group and they have to make up a five-point deficit in order to catch Iceland. Leaders Czech Republic have another point advantage in the group where only the top two teams qualify for the finals automatically with the third placed team having to play in a tough play-off. Regarded as one of the top teams in the world, it would be a major disaster to see Netherlands crash out andMelchiot thinks it is a real possibility now. Continue reading

AJAX MISSING ERIKSEN

The Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen has ruled out the possibility of joining a Premier league club during the January transfer window by saying that he still has to weigh up his transfer options. The 20-year-old playmaker has been one of the sought-after players in European football, with many tipping him for an extraordinary bright future. He has been linked with several Premier league clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City over the past few seasons. He feels that he is still young and can stay at Ajax for a few more time before moving to a big club.

Despite being only 20 years of age, he has already made close to 150 appearances for the Ajax team. He has said that he had the opportunity to join Manchester City more than 18 months ago, but rejected the opportunity because the club back in transition. He said that if he did not perform well in the first few matches of his Manchester City career, then he would have been sent out on loan to various clubs and his career would have fallen. He is now looking at a club where he will be the first team regular and will only move after confirming the same.

“I don’t think so. If something really exciting is coming, maybe you would look at it. But my feeling now is take it easy and see when it comes. I think for everyone who wants to get to the highest level, you have to be in the Premier League, of course. But when that should be, I have no idea. Maybe 10 years. I’m going to see what opportunities there are but I’m still happy here and I don’t have any thoughts that I have to leave,” said the 20-year-old, who could cost in the region of £ 30 million.

AJAX BEAT NEMINGEN

Ajax has secured its first victory in the new season by defeating NEC Nijmegen by a huge margin of 6-1. The Ajax players were in destructive mood and they just demolished the Nijmegen team. Ajax didn’t manage to win its opening match of the season and the team had to play a draw against AZ Alkmaar. But, the team is back on track with this dominating performance. The Nijmegen defenders kept struggling throughout the match. Tobias Sana scored 2 goals for Ajax.

Jody Lukoki scored the first goal for Ajax in the 13th minute of the match. Lasse Schone set up the goal and Lukoki just had to give the finishing touch which he did perfectly. Christian Eriksen doubled the lead of Ajax in the 17th minute of the match when he beat the Nijmegen goalkeeper, Gabor Babos, with a fantastic shot. Just seven minutes later, Ajax got up by 3-0 when Tobias sana scored his first goal in the match. Theo Jansson gave Nijmegen another blow just a few minutes before the half time break. He put the ball into the goal post with a powerful shot from a distance of 25 yards. Babos dived to stop the ball, but, he failed in doing so. With that goal, Ajax got ahead by 4-0. There were no more goals in the first half.

Ajax made a very good start to the second half as well. De Jong netted in the 53rd minute of the match to make the score 5-0. After the fifth goal, the game was almost decided and there were only formalities left in the game. Bram Nuytinck scored the first goal for Nijmegen in the 63rd minute by capitalizing on a corner kick from Soren Rieks. But, Ajax had the last laugh when Sana scored his second goal in the match in the 81st minute. Sana was named as the player of the match for his brilliant performance.

CRUYFF WINS THE BATTLE

Johan Cruyff has won a major battle in his efforts to stop Louis van Gaal from becoming the general manager of Ajax. Louis van Gaal recently took over as the general manager of Ajax. He is the person who does not get along well with Johan Cruyff. Johan Cruyff is regarded as a legend that Ajax for the way he has shaped the entire history of the club not only as a player, but also as a manager as well. It is thought that the arrival of Louis van Gaal will make Johan Cruyff less powerful at the club. As a result, the former Barcelona player was extremely keen on preventing Louis van Gaal from becoming the general manager of Ajax.

He has now won the court case, which has come in favour of Johan Cruyff. According to the judgement, Louis van Gaal will be stepping down as the general manager of Ajax. In a strange development, Johan Cruyff also announced his resignation from the post as the sporting director of the club. However, he is expected to be reinstated as the sporting director of Ajax due to the fact that most of the Ajax board are unofficial supporters of Johan Cruyff and his ideologies.

“The coaches from the training centre are all former club players. I’ve always been 200percent behind this project and I maintain that it’s very important for the club,” said Cruyff in a recent interview. Johan Cruyff’s decision to stop the arrival of Louis van Gaal at the club was backed by more than 15 of the club’s staff at the training centre. Cruyff has been the centre of Ajax for more than 30 years now. He was influential in providing power to former players like Dennis Bergkamp, and it seems that the arrival of Louis van Gaal would have reduced his powerful at the club.

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RT @objective_intl: Mission finished at Barcelona – Johan Cruyff now aims to turn Ajax into a European powerhouse… http://bit.ly/ept6D5 #soccer #football – by Shaehoo (Shehoo Girei)