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THE GREATEST sportsmen often have their enigmatic side, but this seems to be more true of Johan Cruyff than most. The manager of Barcelona, Manchester United's opponents in the Champions' League on Wednesday, is still a puzzle to his long-time assistant, Tonny Bruins Slot, a man who knows him as well as anybody.

Football: Fretful Dutch search for guiding light: Ian Ridley meets a man who must conquer the enemies within on the high road to America

AT THE team's hotel on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the Netherlands' coach, Dick Advocaat, was concerned by the condition of his squad. Experienced players were missing and many of those present were in poor form.

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