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Cruyff: Netherlands are painful to watch

19:35 EAT 12/10/2015
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The Oranje icon believes the nation's third-placed finish at World Cup 2014 was a false dawn and that they are incapable of building strong attacking moves

Johan Cruyff has attacked Netherlands' style of play and says he found it difficult to watch aspects of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifying win over Kazakhstan.

The Dutch must beat the Czech Republic on Tuesday and hope that Turkey lose to Iceland if they are to claim a play-off spot in Group A.

Despite a 2-1 victory in Astana, 68-year-old Cruyff lambasted the showing from Danny Blind's team, insisting that problems remain despite finishing third at the World Cup last year.

"Against weaker teams we seem unable to build well, so we cannot attack," Cruyff wrote in his column in De Telegraaf.

"Jeroen Zoet did not have to react to one shot, but had to clear about 20 balls with his feet.

"Netherlands completely lost control against Kazakhstan.

"It was painful that Robin van Persie, since coming on in the 87th minute, touched the ball once.

"The comments that Netherlands does not have good young players coming through don't make sense.

"It proves that the last World Cup was not properly analysed. People did not wonder how they had gone so far in Brazil.

"Things were back to normal for most after that somewhat surprising third-place finish. And now they are facing the consequences."