Former Barca stars: 'If Cruyff had played at Real Madrid, I don't know what Barcelona would be like today'
- Cruyff's ex-teammate, Juan Asensi says: "We were very excited to play with the best player in the world."
- Goikoetxea praises his coaching abilities: "Not only did he win a European Cup, but he gave Barcelona a philosophy."
Former Barcelona players, Juan Asensi and Jon Andoni Goikoetxea, recall working together with Johan Cruyff in an interview with Radio Marca.
Asensi used to play alongside the legendary Dutchman: "We were very excited to play with the best player in the world. He seemed to fly over the field and the key to success was not [us] to adapt to him, but that he adapted to us. He was amazing, and he had a great personality. If he had played at Real Madrid, I don't know what Barcelona would be like today."
Goikoetxea was part of the title-winning Barcelona team in the 1991/1992 season. This campaign saw the Catalans scooping their first-ever Champions League trophy under Johan Cruyff's guidance.
He recalls working under the Dutch great's commands: "Not only did he win a European Cup, but he gave Barcelona a philosophy. In my first training session, my legs were shaking. He explained things incredibly and it was impossible not to believe in what he was saying."
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Johan Cruyff sadly passed away in 2016 as he lost his battle with lung cancer. Barcelona have recently inaugurated the brand new stadium bearing his name.