"Cruyff would have enjoyed De Jong's game enormously"

Tonny Bruins Slot was one of the best assistants Johan Cruyff had during his coaching careerh

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Tonny Bruins Slot was one of the best assistants Johan Cruyff had during his coaching career. The two worked together at Barcelona. 

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Not many people had a better relationship with Cruyff and Bruins Slot says the Dutch great would have been impressed by Barça's signing of Frenkie de Jong. 

"Cruyff would have enjoyed De Jong's game enormously," said Bruins Slot, who worked for Cruyff at Ajax (1985-1988) and FC Barcelona (1988-1995).

In comments to 'De Telegraaf', he said he sees a lot of similarities between De Jong and Cruyff as a player -- he was at Ajax (1964-1973) Barça (1973-1978), too.

"Cruyff loves that style: the perception, the vision of play and going past two or three players dribbiling. Cruyff's favourite players, like Faas Wilkes, his idol when he was younger, had those qualities. 

"Cruyff was also crazy for Beckenbauer at Germany and Bayern Munich, because he'd move from the back into midfield to gain an advantage in that line -- and that's how De Jong can play."

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