Everyone likes to watch exciting and beautiful football and there are many departments of the game that makes it beautiful but for some teams attack is the best form of defence and certainly for Netherlands they only know one way and that is, attack the opposition goal till their goal post find itself that it lies in the asteroid belt of Mars and Jupiter who is pulling the ball towards it like ocean pulls the sailor. One of the most thrilling team in the present time is not so much based on defence but the power of their attack and maybe just maybe there is no team that projects those attacking qualities better then Netherlands. In fact there are so much of an attacking talent there that it’s really hard to identify any big name players who play in their defence and defensive midfield, apart from Man united keeper Van Dar Sar who is retired, Feyenoord left back/defensive midfielder Van Bronckhorst who has lost his sharpness in the left flank and Bayan Munich midfielder Mark Van Bommel who is very rusty at times. As much as Italian team is build around their defence, Spanish in their creative midfield and Brazil in their Samba style football (which is full of tricks), Netherlands is a complete opposite of all of them. There focus is so much on the attack that in recent years they lack serious touch in defence and for me personally it was very hard job to find the central defender of the class of Fabio Cannavaro or Vidic in their recent history, where i failed miserably.
Their biggest and brightest point is their attacking force of Robin Van Persie, Huntelaar, Robben, Sneijder, Van Der Vaart and Kuyt and all of them can score goals with their extreme genius and class and turn the match on its head at any given time, especially the likes of Robin Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder who are blessed with a clam head and lethal shots. For Netherlands point of view it is very important that Van Persie should fire since he’s leading the attack as a center forward and it’s a very good news for the fans that now a days it is extremely rare that he fails because even when he’s not scoring goals he’s creating chances for other and the likes of Robben and Sneijder will benefit from it because he will unleash them with short passes, delicate touches and vision. It will be a very interesting task for the coach Bert Van Marwijk to assemble a team who can complement each other and at the same time as well as build a lethal chemistry between themselves, so they can maintain their brand of football and at the same time dig out results.
There are few obvious weaknesses in their defensive unit and they seriously lack big name players in this department but if the back line work together and take care of each other then they can do a very decent job for their country but since the most prolific and last line of Netherland’s defence, Edwin Van Dar Sar has waved goodbye to international football it has become a much harder task for the back line and certainly it will be very hard to fill the shoes of their Man United shot stopper.
The other aspect that can cost them their world cup dearly is their injury prone squad; there is not one, not two, not three in fact half of their first team squad is made up of glass. Robin Van Persie has just come out of a long term injury and slowly but steadily coming back to its best but he needs to take care of himself if he wants to finish with the golden boot. Secondly, Sneijder has a close relationship with the medical staff too and he pulls up his hamstring every now and then which is not a very good signs for the team because he’s the one who has to pull all the strings in the midfield. Last but not the least, Robben loves to have a time off with the medical team, maybe he likes some nurses there because he’s just minutes away from limping off every time he gets a bit high intensity tackle. These are just the big name players who don't want to watch their team lose from sideline because without them, Netherlands is no good. When it comes to midfield, Mark Van Bommel is so rash at times that he’s never far away from a ban of a match or two.
All in all the coach and the fans has a lot to worry about.
It’s not really hard to point out the difference makes in the Holland squad, a full of talented, young, enthusiastic and real fighters are some of the traits of this team. The likes of Robin Van Persie, Sneijder, Robben, Van Bommel are the real difference makers and can change the match in any second with their delicate of the touches and killer instincts which are in their blood and which they inherited from their legends and since they all play for top class managers(Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal) they can do a real damage to any team even the ones based on pure defence such as Italy.
From a defensive point of view, the whole back line is a key. The team needs to dig in there and make sure they don’t allow much room for the opposite team to manoeuvre and do as much as they can to keep the ball away from their goal post.
i am not going to go overboard with this one, but i think they have a clear chance for the quarter-final and with the start studded attacking line up there is not a shadow of a doubt in my mind that they have the quality to snatch the world cup. But after quarter- final a lot will depend on injuries and suspensions. Even if they keep their key players away from suspension such as the likes of Sneijder, Van Bommel and Van Persie (hot temper) they don’t have enough depth at the back as individuals to shut down the attacks of Spain and Brazil. So, for that they need to hang in there and put up a show, then there will be a definite chance that they can make a great impact in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.