Netherlands must not underestimate Chile - Gullit

The Oranje legend believes his countrymen have a difficult task ahead in World Cup Group B, and not only in the shape of champions Spain
Ruud Gullit has sent out a warning to Netherlands following the World Cup draw, insisting that his compatriots must take on Chile with the same kind of caution with which they will approach Spain.

Louis van Gaal's side were given a tough assignment in Group B in Friday's draw, with a repeat of the 2010 final seeing the Dutch tackle Spain before meetings with Australia and Chile.

But while many were drawn to the tie of the round against the world champions, Gullit claims that Chile will be every bit as tough a prospect as will Vicente del Bosque's men.

"After the match against Spain we cannot think we have already played the hardest opponent," the 51-year-old told reporters. "Please do not underestimate Chile. They are a very strong team.

"They have got the advantage of playing on their home continent, and South American teams always play better over there than they do somewere else.

"It's different against Australia. Oranje must win that match, that's for sure."

After the Spain clash in Fortaleza on June 13, Van Gaal will take his men to Porto Alegre for their match-up with the Socceroos. The all-important Chile fixture takes place in Sao Paulo on June 23.