Barto: Barca without Cruyff impossible

Josep Maria Bartomeu led Barcelona’s Johan Cruyff memorial on Saturday as “it’s impossible to understand” the club without the Dutchman.

Barca temporarily dedicated a space on the Camp Nou pitch to Cruyff, who passed away on Thursday, for fans to pay their respects, while a ceremony was held in his honour, with Bartomeu crediting the Netherlands great for La Blaugrana’s recent success.

“It’s impossible to understand Barca’s success of today without [Cruyff]. He was a great teacher,” the President began.

“It’s been a sad couple of days for Barcelona and the world of football.

“We opened the memorial to everyone who wants to remember a master like Cruyff.

“Everything [at the memorial] will be delivered to his family and widow so they can feel the warmth of the fans.

“The legacy of Johan is spectacular. He was a modern and nonconformist footballer.”

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