Former Albion head coach Oscar Garcia was hugely influenced by Johan Cruyff – and Sami Hyypia has learned from the Dutch master too.
In this coaching video produced by UEFA, the Seagulls’ new manager stresses the importance of intelligence, concentration and knowing what to expect from your opponent.
The video perhaps gives some insight into the coaching Hyypia will be masterminding at Albion’s new training base.
He will clearly expect his players to be mentally switched on.
Hyypia told viewers: “Johan Cruyff once said you play the game with your brain and he was right.
“In football it really doesn’t matter if you are fast or slow, if you read the game well you can always win.”