I’m going to keep this brief. It’s almost 4 am and I’m not a happy trooper.
My goodness. We have the best strikers in the world. We couldn’t stop scoring in the qualifications and here we simply can not find the target. AAARRGGHHH…
Let me start by saying that the Danes did really well and are most certainly not the weak side. They were shrewd and they worked hard.
What exactly went wrong with us?
I believe we were a little to cocky and complacent I think. A bit too easy maybe. Denmark played with intensity which I didn’t see from our lads. But other than that, we didn’t do too much wrong. No big blunders, but we simply didn’t demonstrate the hunger and desire one should have at this level.
A second problem I had with our team, is that the field was too long. Our defense ( 4 players) kept at the back too much, against one striker! Van der Wiel had to be invited for seconds to come and overlap (Willems showed much more eagerness) but in general there were too many gaps between our forwards and our midfield. Nigel was invisible and not as domineering as he normally is and there was not that much support for Sneijder/Afellay/Robben.
But, all of these things would have been a moot point if Van Persie would have taken his hattrick.
According to my stats, Holland has 29 attempts on goal but only six (!) on target…And zero in the net. Oh and did I mention the two handballs in one single action? Late in the second half?
That tells the whole story.
So now, we need to simply beat Germany and Portugal. And I think that was always our plan, so nothing changed.