Robben happy to win ugly

09 July 2010 02:02

Arjen Robben would be delighted to win ugly in the World Cup final on Sunday.

The present Dutch squad is constantly living in the shadow of the much lauded 'Total Football' era of Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff which reached two World Cup finals in 1974 and 1978 and lost both.

So, having won plaudits but no prizes all those years ago, Robben is quite happy to have the workmanlike tag attached to the present side, and said: "I would much prefer to win a very ugly game than lose a beautiful one."

He added: "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.

"Of course, the intent is there to play good football but the result is far more important.

"We have heard enough of talk about how our football is very nice. But it gets you nowhere. We want to achieve something."

Source: PA