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Guus ready for Dutch clash

19 Jun 2008 - 08:18:27

Russia coach Guus Hiddink is looking forward to a Euro 2008 quarter-final showdown with his home nation, the Netherlands.

A 2-0 win over Sweden sent Russia through to the last eight, with Hiddink again proving to be a tactical mastermind on the big stage.

He said after the victory: "I know the way we play we get respect, because we play with the concepts that football should be played, like Holland.

"I don't know if they fear us, but they have five days more rest, which is an advantage.

"It's a special game because I know the players, the coach and more people within the squad I worked with.

"I'm very proud of my team and the progress they have made in the last few days. They play modern football.

"The only criticism you can make is that we don't score enough of the opportunities we created. Nevertheless, this team have made tremendous progress."


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