'Spain would have it all with a player like Cruyff' - Gerrie Muhren believes La Roja are not the best team ever

The former Real Betis midfielder believes that Oranje's 1974 incarnation would be able to beat the current European and world champions
By Jesse Wieten

Former Ajax midfielder Gerrie Muhren feels that Spain are not the best national team in history, and believes the Netherlands team that lost in the final of the 1974 World Cup would beat La Roja.

Vicente del Bosque's men became the first team ever to win three major international tournaments in a row by beating Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final, but Muhren, who made 10 international appearances for Oranje, feels they are by no means the best just yet.

"Spain are a legendary team because of the way they play and the titles they've won. However, it would go too far to say that they're the best team ever," Muhren told Goal.com.

"The Netherlands team from the 1974 World Cup was very strong, too. They were definitely better than the Oranje team from 1988 [that won the European Championship]. Netherlands had a bit of luck in [reaching finals in] 1978, 1988 and 2010, but the team from 1974 was sovereign.

"They were a lot more direct in their attacks. Spain are a very patient team. It's hard to compare the different eras, though. Circumstances are completely different.

"A match between the current Spain and Oranje from '74? Spain would really struggle, and I think we would win it. We had a lot of power in defence, a strong midfield, and a fantastic attack. Plus we had Johan Cruyff. Spain would have it all with a player like Cruyff."

Despite going into the 1974 World Cup final as favourites, Netherlands were eventually beaten 2-1 by West Germany.