“My gratitude to Johan is infinite. His legacy is also infinite. When I first started, he protected me. I did not know anything about football, and he gave me everything. Johan opened a fascinating world for me, like a new movie. With Johan, you felt that it was possible to dominate football. He gave us everything when we had nothing, we were even given grammar. He was such a great teacher that made you love your stuff. He was our Merlí. As a coach, he would always encourage you to follow your instinct, not logic. I still always wonder what he would do. He is so great that he completely changed four teams: FC Barcelona, Ajax, and the Netherlands and Spanish National Teams. The memory of Johan is indestructible. What he has done is unstoppable - I’m sorry for those who do not like it.”
- Pep Guardiola, to RAC1 after the passing of Johan Cruyff
When you see Barcelona’s game against Valencia, you realise that Barça still demonstrated that no one plays like them. No one. I still continue to think that nobody can play at their level. They play unique football, special football. They have for many years, and I hope they can retain the league title. That’s what I want.