Van Marwijk Optimistic Over Progress
June 13, 2012
Holland head coach, Bert van Marwijk, has insisted that his side can still progress to the quarterfinal stages, despite going down to their second defeat of the tournament, with Germany claiming a 2-1 victory in their Group B clash.
Despite coming into the tournament as one of the favourites to reach the final in the football betting tips with Bet Victor, the Dutch now find themselves bottom of Group B, and needing to beat Portugal by two goals or more in their final game. They must also rely on a German defeat of Denmark.
Both results are realistic; however, if the Dutch are to be dumped out at the first stage, few could argue against it, based on the evidence of their two matches so far.
While Robin van Persie grabbed a stunning goal for the Dutch in the second half, Mario Gomez’ first-half brace was enough to take Germany top of the group on six points, and in an ideal place to reach the quarterfinals.
Van Marwijk admitted that his side had not been good enough for long enough of the match against the Germans. However, he was quick to insist not all was lost, despite sitting rock bottom of Group B.
“We defended moderately and the co-operation between our central midfielders and defence was poor. I thought we played very well in the first 20 minutes and had a few decent chances, but you have to take them against Germany. In the final minutes, we tried to force things, but you have to be daring to get the second goal.
“We cannot imagine that it is over when we are at this level. We can still reach the quarter-finals.”