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Johan Cruyff: "As a footballer, José Mourinho was nothing"

The Barcelona legend mocked the Madrid manager and criticised Madrid's philosophy. However, he also hit out at Barcelona president Rosell and was cautious about Tito Vilanova.


The former Barcelona player and manager Johan Cruyff has put the boot in to José Mourinho once again.

On this occasion, the Dutchman mocked the fact that the Portugese coach did not play football to a high level, suggesting it was the reason he came across so strongly in press conferences.

"He had nothing to show for himself as a footballer but now he can do something," said Cruyff.

Cruyff also joked about the fact that Mourinho recently said he should be called "the only one" in reference to the fact that he is the only manager to have won the league in Italy, Spain, Portugal and England.

"Yes, he is the only one, the only mad enough to say a thing like that. He's so mad he's in a straitjacket."

The Barcelona idol also hit out at Real Madrid. "The best philosophy is to forment players, not buy them," he said.

Cruyff however, did not shy away from criticising Barça personnel. First he criticised president Sandro Rosell. "We don't share the same philosophy. I feel no connection at all with his style of management and I have nothing to do with the club now he's in charge. I don't believe he understands the notion that Barça is more than a club."

And the former manager of the 'Dream Team' said people should exercise caution before praising Tito Vilanova too much.

"He has to prove his worth when the going gets tough. We'll have to wait and see before we jump to conclusions about him. Working behind Guardiola is not the same as being in charge, it's completely different."

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