Pep: Cruyff influenced a generation

Pep Guardiola has once again heaped praise on the late Johan Cruyff and he described him as the 'most influential person' in the history of football.

It was Cruyff, who passed away earlier this year, who gave Guardiola his Barcelona debut in 1990 and the current Manchester City manager pointed to the impact that he had on both Amsterdam and Catalonia where his playing ideologies still exist to these days and a raft of his players are now in coaching.

"It was a masterclass after every single training session, every single game," the 45-year-old remembered at an event in London to mark the release of "My Turn: The Autobiography" on Cruyff.

"[We would] analyse after the game why we played good, played bad. It was a coach's university every single day.

"I think Johan was the most influential person in football in all history. He changed not one club, he changed two clubs. As a player and as a coach, it is impossible to find a guy like this.

"[When] people think about the best managers, they always talk about how many prizes, how many titles you win. That is, I think, a huge mistake, because at the end the best managers win a lot of titles because we are in the big clubs with the big players.

"The best managers, they influence the new generation, especially their players. The influence Johan had on all the players, I can't remember all the names from Ajax, [Marco] van Basten, [Frank] Rijkaard, all those players are coaches.

"Many, many players from Barcelona are coaches right now. His influence on us was outstanding, amazing, huge, that's why we try to follow all that he taught us."

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