The Netherlands need to 'wake up' says Johan Cruyff

The Netherlands need to ‘wake up’ says Johan Cruyff [divider]

Dutch footballing legend Johan Cruyff has underlined the need for the Netherlands to wake up and sort out what he believes is a crisis.

“After the level of the Eredivisie and the performances of the Dutch teams in the Champions League and Europa League, it is now clear where the national team stands as well. We are suffering all over the place and I really wonder when we will finally wake up,” Cruyff wrote in his column for De Telegraaf .

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Cruyff underlined that the main problem in the Netherlands is the standard of coaching.

The former Netherlands international star revealed that the countries footballing establishment must reform to catch up with world footballs leading powers.

“The main problem in Netherlands is education, the coaches and the education of the coaches. One thing is certain and that is that things need to change,” he added.

Cruyff described the Netherlands performance against Turkey as being disgraceful.

“Netherlands were a disgrace against Turkey,” Cruyff said.

Turkey almost beat the Dutch national side at the Amsterdam Arena and led for much of the game until Wesley Sneijder’s shot deflected off Huntelaar for a fortunate equaliser in the last minute of additional time.

The Crescent-Stars will take on Luxembourg next in an International friendly.