Van Gaal: Netherlands are World Cup outsiders

The flamboyant coach thinks Oranje face a tough task to make an impact at this summer's tournament as he does not see them as one of the teams to beat
Louis van Gaal feels Netherlands are not among the favourites to win the 2014 World Cup, but is hopeful they can spring a surprise with a bit of luck and reach the last four.

Holland made it to the final at the 2010 World Cup, where they were beaten by Spain following an Andres Iniesta goal in extra-time, but Van Gaal does not expect them to go one better in Brazil this summer.

"We consider ourselves as outsiders. I arrived as coach with certain targets: qualify for the finals and then reach the semi-finals," Van Gaal said at a press conference.

"We have introduced a lot of fresh young blood into the team and played really nice football and scored a lot of goals in the qualifying group. 

"However, the semi-finals will be a really hard goal to achieve.

"According to the Fifa ranking, we are eighth or 10th. It doesn't matter which, but we are not one of the favourites. I view Brazil and Argentina and, from Europe, Spain and Germany as the favourites."

Netherlands have been paired with Spain, Chile and Australia in the group phase.