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04 Jul 2010 21:30:55

Van Marwijk ready for Uruguay battle

Holland coach Bert van Marwijk is predicting a battle royal against the "fighters" of Uruguay in Tuesday's semi-final but believes his Dutch players have added some steel to their renowned brand of attractive football.

The Dutch are the clear favourites to make it to Sunday's final, especially with Robin van Persie declared fit and the South Americans' striker Luis Suarez suspended following his now infamous hand-ball that led to Ghana's agonising exit.

Van Marwijk said: "Uruguay are a team of fighters. They battle and survive. That is why they have reached the semi-finals. We must certainly not underestimate them, otherwise things will go wrong for us."

The Dutch are the clear favourites to make it to Sunday's final, especially with Robin van Persie declared fit and the South Americans' striker Luis Suarez suspended following his now infamous hand-ball that led to Ghana's agonising exit from the tournament.

Like all his predecessors since Rinus Michels, Van Marwijk has had to endure comparisons with the man who invented 'total football' for the Dutch, but he believes he has now added to the flair that they have become famous for.

He added: "When I took over this job, my first goal was to teach the team to defend better.

"Because we haven't scored that many goals so far in this World Cup, people see it differently as they only associate attractive football with lots of goals. But we still play attractive football."


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