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Russia to go on the attack

21 Jun 2008 - 11:39:34

Russia coach Guus Hiddink has pledged that his side will continue to go on the attack in their Euro 2008 quarter-final against the Netherlands.

Hiddink's team won praise for their approach to their crucial Group D showdown with Sweden, winning 2-0 to secure a place in the last eight, with the Dutchman now ready for the meeting with his fellow countrymen.

He said: "What is good for the game is that teams who like to attack from the start are surviving.

"That is encouraging, as we can also see that the concept of just relying on your defence, which of course sometimes may have to happen in a game, has no profit any more.

"People like to see a more attacking game. The Dutch like to attack, to have the initiative and control and be dominant.

"But the Russian team has changed a lot, not just in personnel, but also in the way we play.

"We now try to instil the kind of play where people love to come and watch us.

"We have made some progress and we are now meeting a giant, but our approach won't be any different."


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