Holland are managed by Louis Van Gaal who will become the new manager of Manchester United after the World Cup. The bond and respect between the coach and Robin Van Persie augers well for the Dutch during the rest of this tournament and United when Van Gaal takes over. Van Persie is a leading scorer at Old Trafford.
The Netherlands arrived at this World Cup with a squad full of new players in addition to the stalwarts of Van Persie and Arjen Robben. These players can win matches on their own and were outstanding against Spain. That side scored the first goal and missed a great chance to extend their lead. Holland responded by scoring five goals including four in the second half. Smart punters will be looking to back them with online betting companies.
The win over Spain proved that Holland have goals all over the pitch. They have several young players with the scope to improve. They are now genuine contenders to become the first side from Europe to win the World Cup in South America. The defence lacks experience at the highest level but if the forwards play at their best Holland will outscore most other teams.
Before the World Cup it appeared the defence lacked a leader but over the course of the tournament a strong character at the back could emerge. The majority of the squad is made up of inexperienced players from the Dutch league. Key midfielder Kevin Strootman misses the tournament through injury. Van Gal is the ideal man to get the best out of a young squad.
Spain were totally demoralized by the end of a match in which they could easily have conceded eight goals. Van Persie hit the bar and his colleagues missed several great chances to increase their goal’s tally. Spain’s central defensive partnership looked ill at ease and veteran goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, had one of his worst matches in a long and distinguished career.
The Spanish coach, Vicente Del Bosque, must decide to be loyal to the players that have never let him down or make several changes for the game against Chile that Spain must win to have any chance of progressing to the next round. Fernando Torres looked in poor form and Diego Costa was not as effective as he can be for his club, Atletico Madrid.
Holland invented the concept of total football in the 1970s when they lost in two World Cup finals. The current generation play the game in the same style as the team inspired by Johan Cruyff four decades ago. Given no significant injuries Holland could win the World Cup for the first time in their history and those betting in Asia will be placing bets on them with the best sportsbook.