Passionate fighter Bosz is like Guardiola, says Cruyff

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The Dutchman was recently appointed as Thomas Tuchel's successor at Borussia Dortmund and his former technical director is sure he will do well

Jordi Cruyff believes Peter Bosz bears similarities to Pep Guardiola and is confident he will succeed at Borussia Dortmund

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The Bundesliga side appointed the coach to replace Thomas Tuchel at the helm of the first team after he guided Ajax to the Europa League final.

The former Feyenoord player has spoken repeatedly about his admiration of Manchester City boss Guardiola as well as Cruyff's late father, Johan, and is a proponent of attacking football.

Having worked with him for a brief spell at Maccabi Tel Aviv in early 2016, Cruyff revealed his impression of the 54-year-old and believes he has chosen the right club in Dortmund.

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"I'm proud of him," Cruyff told Sport1. "It makes me happy to see a coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv make it to the top. 

"Peter has earned it and I am tremendously pleased that we have been part of his journey to Dortmund. Twelve months ago he was our coach.

"I think he and Dortmund fit together. Their current players definitely fit into his philosophy. I'm convinced he will succeed in Dortmund because he is a passionate fighter.

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"He doesn't like long balls, but the quick short game. He likes his team to put others pressure and then retrieve the ball immediately after losing it. He loves dominant football and wants to win. 

"Bosz is a bit like Guardiola. He has a strong winning mentality and always sticks to his principles. He often told me: 'We play to win, we play attacking football, we play pressing.' He has the tools and the philosophy that my father had, too. 

"With certainty Peter a coach who always gives a little time and space for developments and needs itself, so the team can adjust to what he wants. If the players have made their own, it is nice to see."

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