Pretty football is out the window, it's all about winning...Netherlands ace Arjen Robben has revealed that turning their back on the traditional Dutch way of playing has been the main reason the Oranje have reached the World Cup final, and the winger has no intent on allowing the occasion to overawe his side when they meet Spain on Sunday.
Bert van Marwijk’s squad are a far more pragmatic and united outfit than Dutch sides of the past, yet this approach has won them through to their third World Cup final. Bayern Munich star Robben hopes that it is enough to carry them to the crown.
“I would much prefer to win a very ugly game than lose a beautiful one,” Robben told the PA. “We can still play attractive football but we can always rely on our good organisation as well. If you are organised, you know one goal could be enough, which has been the case so far.
“The point is, we are in a World Cup final. From now on how you actually play no longer matters. Of course, the intent is there to play good football but the result is far more important. We have heard enough of talk about how our football is very nice. But it gets you nowhere. We want to achieve something.”
Wesley Sneijder, meanwhile, wants to maintain the Oranje’s 100 per cent record in this campaign.
“We won every qualifying game and then every game since we have been here, we are not going to allow Spain to beat us now,” he said.
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