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Van Marwijk: Netherlands wants to attack at Euro 2012

The Orannje coach has stressed that his team will start every match with attacking intentions, but added that they will not ignore their defensive duties

Bert van Marwijk has warned his rivals that Netherlands intends to play attacking football at Euro 2012, but without doing so recklessly to the detriment of the team's defense.

The Dutch were heavily criticized for their pragmatic approach at the 2010 World Cup, but Van Marwijk has made it clear that Oranje always look to go on the offensive against their opponents.

"We want to attack, but it has to be done in a responsible way. And sometimes you do it in a more attacking way than other times," Van Marwijk was quoted as saying on the official UEFA website. "We could put a little accent on attack, or play in a more defensive way.

"At the World Cup, we played large parts of games in our opponents' half. That means you need to be very patient, because if you force yourself too much – and we know the level of football at the Euros – then you know you will face dangerous counterattacks, and we don't want that."

Netherlands starts Euro 2012 with the Group B match against Denmark on June 9, before taking on Germany four days later, and Portugal on June 17.

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