The Dutch national team got off to a lackluster start at the European Championships with a 1-0 loss to Denmark, but they will come back in full force in their next match against Germany.
The team was expected to contend for the title, after finishing runner-up at the 2010 World Cup and are bringing back many of the same players.
They are the No. 4 ranked team in the world and have an incredible stable of talented attackers.
Despite losing the opening match, the Dutch are by no means doomed to an early exit. They did, however, make their path out of the "group of death" significantly more difficult.
The Netherlands’ next game is against Germany, the world’s No. 3 team and one of the favorites to win the tournament.
If the Dutch fail to walk away from that match with at least a point, it will be nearly impossible for them to advance. While a tie will keep them alive, a win would get them back on track.
This team is loaded with talent, even if that was not always apparent in the match with Denmark. The attacking players were not sharp in the offensive third of the field, and their touches were just slightly off in crucial situations.
The team was able to pressure the Danish defense and create chances, evidenced by their 28 shots, but none the attackers were able to put the ball in the back of the net.
The problem with the Netherlands has nothing to do with a failing strategy or a lack of talent, it is simply a matter of focus and form.
Regardless of what caused the underwhelming outing, the team will rectify the loss with a monster win against the Germans.
Germany brings a squad that features top-class footballers at every position, and only Spain can hope to match up with them on paper.
However, Holland’s attack is capable of running circles around any defense in the tournament. They looked out of sorts in the opening game, but the same players were electrifying at times during the last World Cup.
With creative playmakers like Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart, the team will get its chances. Potent goalscorers like Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will perform better in the decisive match.
The Dutch players’ tournament life will be on the line against Germany, and this will coax inspired performances out of these world-class talents.
If these players are at the top of their games, not even the Germans can keep them out of the goal.