The Real Madrid legend has hailed Louis van Gaal's side as the best European nation at the World Cup, with the Dutch having swept aside his native Spain 5-1 in the group stagesRaul believes the Netherlands have been Europe’s top performers at the World Cup, and picked out Arjen Robben as a "highlight of the tournament".
The Dutch have a 100% record in their four games at the tournament so far, leading the scoring charts with 12 goals, and Raul sees Louis Van Gaal’s side as Europe’s best hope in Brazil.
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“Barring the controversy over the winning goal against Mexico that came from a penalty, the Dutch have had a relatively smooth campaign.
“Van Persie has scored goals but Robben has been a standout performer. Three goals, that pace, ball control and the ability to change the course of a game, along with the admission that he dives has been a highlight of the tournament.”
However, the Spaniard believes the Netherlands’ quarter final opponents, Costa Rica, can prove more than just a tricky tie.
He added: “In Costa Rica, they can expect stiff resistance. There are concerns in defence as well as in midfield in the absence of [Nigel] De Jong.
“Mexico challenged them (Netherlands) by playing an open game and for a long period, they were under pressure. The Netherlands and Colombia are the only teams to have done it four times in 90 minutes so far."