Ibrahimovic has bad technique for good player: Cruyff

Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 09:13 AM IST

Barcelona: Sweden and Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has "good technique for a bad player, bad technique for a good player," according to Dutch great Johan Cruyff.

"You have to get more out of the qualities you have," the former Barcelona player and coach and the club`s honorary president said in an interview in the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

"You have to be effective," Cruyff added in a reference to the striker, "especially if you come to a big club from another country. The biggest and hardest steps are the mental ones."

Ibrahimovic, who is expected to lead Sweden`s attack at the World Cup in South Africa in June, joined the European champions from Inter Milan in July in a swap deal with Samuel Eto`o.

Cruyff praised Cameroon striker Eto`o for his ability to switch from attack to defence.

"That is one of the details Ibrahimovic must learn because if you lose the ball as a forward in Italy it makes no difference," said the Dutch maestro.

"But if you lose the ball as a forward at Barcelona you`re the first one to get running."

Barcelona trail Inter 3-1 going into Wednesday`s Champions League semi-final second leg at the Nou Camp.

Cruyff said he was confident his side could overturn their deficit and took a swipe at Inter coach Jose Mourinho.

"Mourinho is a good coach but I don`t like the way he coaches," he said.

"I`m a bigger fan of coaches like (Frank) Riijkaard, (Barcelona`s Pep) Guardiola -- gentlemen. I think this sport is about something more than just winning."

Bureau Report