Van Marwijk insists Dutch respect will see them through

By Rhys Hayward
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Bert van Marwijk (Photo: Knurftendans)

Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk has praised the harmony within his squad as they prepare for their final group match with Cameroon tomorrow night.

Two convincing wins over Denmark and Japan mean the Oranje are through to the knockout rounds.

The Dutch have a history of internal problems affecting their performance at major tournaments.

But van Marwijk believes the respect within this crop of players is overriding personal indifference.

“It is just as important to have a strong team, a team that knows what it is about and does not necessarily have to be each other’s friends,” said the 58-year-old.

“They have to respect each other’s qualities.

“They need to be able to tell each other the truth.

“Those are usually the teams that are able to bounce back when it really matters, and I think that we are able to do that.”

Denmark faces Japan in Rustenburg tomorrow night to decide who will join the Netherlands in qualifying from Group E.

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