Arjen Robben happy for Holland to win ugly

By Rhys Hayward
arjen robbenArjen Robben (Photo: Paul Blank)

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Arjen Robben says he is happy for Holland to lift the World Cup regardless of their style of play.

The Dutch have reached their third World Cup final, and first since 1978, by playing organised, efficient football rather than the ‘total football,’ of previous generations.

But despite their lack of flair, Bert van Marwijk’s men are unbeaten in the tournament and spectacularly dumped out favourites Brazil at the quarter-final stage.

“I would much prefer to win a very ugly game than lose a beautiful one,” said the 26-year-old.

“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.

“The point is, we are in a World Cup final, from now on how you actually play no longer matters.”

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 Marwijk’s son-in-law, has played a crucial role in Holland’s run, acting as the ‘watercarrier’ in the Dutch midfield.

But he has been labelled as ‘dirty’ in some quarters, despite only receiving one caution so far.

“I don’t agree with what people are saying,” said van Marwijk. “He has shown a lot of discipline in his play.”


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