Among the team in Group E, Netherlands is my bet that will lead the group. Historically, Netherlands has a good records in previous World Cups. The team became runners up in 1974 and 1978 and at fourth place in 1998.
On the other hand, Denmark must not belittled by not having a World Cup records but looking how they fought their matches during the 1998 World Cup season.
Words from coaches:
“We have a special kind of arrogance that is one of our strengths. But we shouldn’t let it go too far, otherwise it can become a handicap and we become careless. And when arrogance leads you try to humiliate the opposition, they’ll definitely kick back against it. Right from day one I’ve been trying to get that through to the players,” Bert van Marwijk, Netherlands coach.
“I don’t regard the Netherlands as among the World Cup favourites. They often start off strongly and then suddenly lose a crucial game and crash out. That can always happen when they play a well-organised side, which this time could be Denmark. They are missing their most in-form player, Arjen Robben, and they’re not as strong at the back (as they are going forward),” Dennis Rommedahl, Denmark winger.
Will Netherlands absence in 2006 World Cup be their weakness or strengths in this match? We have to find out in the next coming hours.
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