Tonight they should confirm their position with victory over former champions PSV Eindhoven. Now McClaren has received the ultimate accolade - a favourable mention in Cruyff's weekly football column.
McClaren told the Mail on Sunday: "Someone at the club came up the other day and said: 'You must be doing well'.
"I asked: 'Why?' He said: 'Well Johan Cruyff is talking about you'.
"Cruyff, of course, loves the total Dutch football. The 4-3-3. Apparently, he said that it's great to see FC Twente playing the Dutch way. I asked if that was good? And I was told: 'Bloody hell! Of course it is'."