Coach Luis Milla Aspas, right, leads a training session with Indonesia's U-23 team in Karawaci, Tangerang, on Feb. 21. (Antara Photo/Lucky R.)

New Indonesian Football Team Coach Milla Adopts Johan Cruyff's Philosophy


FEBRUARY 27, 2017

Depok, West Java. Indonesia's newly appointed coach Luis Milla Aspas said on Friday (24/02) he believes the country's football team has the potential to achieve great things in international tournaments.

Milla, as he prefers to be called, made the statement when he tutored an Asian Football Confederation coaching course held by the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) in Depok, West Java, on Friday (24/02).

Milla, who used to be mentored by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in Barcelona, said he spotted plenty of good footballers during a selection camp for Indonesia's Under 23 national team.

"In my six years in Barcelona, I was lucky enough to be taught Cruyff's philosophies. He [Cruyff] taught to me, Pep [Guardiola], [Frank] Riijkard and [Luis] Enrique personally," Milla told the course participants.

He also suggested that every football coach should start his career from the grassroots level, just as he did in Spain.

"Indonesian players have good techniques. In the first three days I coached the national team, I found many good players with good techniques and individual skills," he said.

"I believe with support from the government and the federation [PSSI], our team can achieve great things soon," the 50-year-old coach added.

Milla signed a two-year contract with the PSSI in January to manage Indonesia's senior and U-23 national teams.