Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff has criticised Chelsea's defensive approach during the Champions League final, following the Blues' penalty victory over Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side, similarly to their semi-final victory over Barcelona, were on the back foot for the majority of the 120 minutes against their German opponents, who peppered Petr Cech's goal with shots throughout and won 15 corners, as opposed to Chelsea's one.
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Eventually, the Blues emerged victorious but Cruyff has slammed their defensive style, and believes that the end - a first success in the Champions League - doesn’t justify the means.
"Only Chelsea fans will be happy with this," Cruyff told De Telegraaf.
"For the rest, nobody can be happy with the outcome of the Champions League final.
"What especially bothers me is that a football team can forget everything and still win."
And when asked whether he would take a pure footballing approach, even if it did not prove to be successful, Cruyff, one of the purveyors of total football, was clear in his response.
"Then I'd choose to take the steps we take at Ajax, towards the football that we all want to see,” he added.
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"And then if there's no Champions League win? Better not to have the trophy in this way."