Louis van Gaal insists that "the more intelligent team won" after his Netherlands side beat Chile 2-0 on Monday to top their World Cup group.
Second-half goals from Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay sealed a 2-0 win over Chile on Monday to send the Oranje into the knockout phase with maximum points.
Chile dominated possession during the match and, although they were unable to create many meaningful chances, head coach Jorge Sampaoli and midfielder Arturo Vidal both hit out at Van Gaal's tactics after the game, claiming Netherlands were simply out to defend.
However, the man soon to take charge at Manchester United has shrugged off the criticism, stating that, in his belief, the side with the more "astute" set-up got the win they deserved.
"The most intelligent and astute team won," he said after the match. "Chile had three chances. In other games, they played very offensively and today we neutralized them.
"In the other two games, we faced unfair penalties, and today we had an excellent referee.
"I don't care what the Chile coach says."
Van Gaal says his side have become comfortable in his new 5-3-2 system and feels the confidence within the camp is a cause for celebration.
"Nine points from three games, 10 goals for and three against, two unjustified penalties. No one expected this," he added,
"The atmosphere in the group is fantastic. The players want to use the 5-3-2 system, they feel comfortable with it. That's extremely important.
"We gave virtually nothing away and got a couple of opportunities in the first half. In the second we made two world-class goals. It was more than deserved."
Netherlands will face one of Brazil, Croatia or Mexico in the next round.