The Dutch have reached their third World Cup final, and first since 1978, by playing organised, efficient football rather than the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtotal football,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ of previous generations.
But despite their lack of flair, Bert van MarwijkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s men are unbeaten in the tournament and spectacularly dumped out favourites Brazil at the quarter-final stage.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I would much prefer to win a very ugly game than lose a beautiful one,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the 26-year-old.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The point is, we are in a World Cup final, from now on how you actually play no longer matters.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Meanwhile, van Marwijk defended Mark van Bommel, who many believe should have been sent off in their semi-final with Uruguay.
The 33-year-old, who is van MarwijkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son-in-law, has played a crucial role in HollandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s run, acting as the Ã¢â‚¬ËœwatercarrierÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in the Dutch midfield.
But he has been labelled as Ã¢â‚¬ËœdirtyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ in some quarters, despite only receiving one caution so far.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I don’t agree with what people are saying,Ã¢â‚¬Â said van Marwijk. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He has shown a lot of discipline in his play.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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