Netherlands 5 – Defending World Cup Champions (ESP) 0
Let’s list the critical accomplishments of the Netherlands World Cup victory:
- Scored more points vs ESP than Spain gave up in 2010
There you go. This is World Cup 2014. As in any World Cup, when you have an opponent down, you attack. Netherlands eschewed the defensive thugery from their 2010 finals embarrassment with an end of the first half header from VanPersie while down 1-0. This began a Dutch onslaught that Spain may not recover from this World Cup. Showing no fear of the vaunted Spain passing game the Netherlands pressured every ESP player “at the ball” versus trying to cover passing lanes. The rest of the World Cup coaches took notice and Spain has to come up with a counter, quickly.
Man U fans are ecstatic as they are caught actively drooling over their possibilities in next years Premiere League with Louis van Gaal tabbed to lead them out of their 2013 mediocrity hell. Since Man U certainly has the talent, the arrow is pointing up with verve and anticipation for the Man U faithful, and rightfully so. Van Persie ran to his coach to celebrate his incredible header for a reason. Gaal had Van Persie intensely practicing this attack. This is strategy and execution at the highest level. Welcome to World Cup 2014 and yes Man U, be excited, be very excited.
Rather than recap the brilliance of Van Persie or the redemption of Arjen Robben I must draw attention to the unbelievable play of Daley Blind. As you enjoy the excellence, and beauty of every point realize Blind was the man driving the offense with incredible, pin point passing that sometimes covered 1/2 of the pitch. Van Persie’s header was on a through ball from the far left mid field line. Brilliant. Utterly brilliant.
All of this is to illustrate the Dutch played as a team. A total team playing total football. It’s the Dutch way. World Cup participants have been notified.
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