Johan Cruyff says 4-3-3 is the most effective system in modern football and has given his backing to Barcelona's attacking philosophy.
The 65-year-old launched his new book - Football: My Philosophy on Friday and revealed how his own tactical ideologies are very much in line with those of his former club.
"Some people have different ideas about how they like to play football, but I prefer three forwards, with a striker that is always facing the goal," he told Marca.com.
The Blaugrana legend then gave his opinion on the club's campaign so far, and though Tito Vilanova's side have appeared vulnerable in defence, Cruyff had nothing but praise for their commitment to an offensive approach.
"Barcelona are scoring many goals and that's because everyone is doing their job properly," he added.
"There is competition for places in attack as well and when you see David Villa, Cristian Tello and Pedro competing for a place, that can create friction and yield even more."