Johan Cruyff’s praise for Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

Ronald Koeman

Dutch legend Johan Cruyff is full of praise for compatriot and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

Ronald Koeman has been making heads turn with his success at Southampton so far this season.

The Dutchman succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in June and saw many of last season’s star players leave.

The likes of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Loven and Luke Shaw all departed in the summer transfer window, but Koeman made some shrewd signings to compensate for their loss.

Heading into today’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart lane, the Saints find themselves third in the table with 13 points from 16 matches.

Koeman’s success in England may have taken many by surprise, but not Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, who coached his Dutch compatriot at Ajax and Barcelona.

‘He was always a key figure’, he told the Daily Mail. ‘At that time everyone was playing two up front and we were playing three at the back. It means organisation was required at the the back and that’s what he did. He’s a strong personality as well. He’s got the vision.’

Koeman is indeed one of the greatest footballers of all time, and it is little surprise that he is able to take that ‘vision’ of a player and use it as a manager.

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