Robin van Persie: Holland Can Beat Anyone
Posted: 11 June 2010 Time: 7:32 am
Arsenal star Robin van Persie insists that Holland are capable of defeating anyone at the World Cup.
Holland produced three outstanding performances in the group stage of Euro 2008, defeating Italy, France and Romania before crashing out in the quarter-finals against Russia. Van Persie believes that Holland can build on their fantastic group performance two years ago and make a deep run in South Africa this summer. "It's really difficult to say because there are so many good teams. If we can work together - people like Sneidjer, Robben, Van der Vaart, myself, Van Bommel - then we have a big chance to beat anyone, Van Persie told The Mirror. "When we have the ball everyone knows how to play. But we must pressure the opposition when we lose possession, do it properly. "So I'm very curious what will happen because we have a tough, tough draw after the group stage. There is a 50 per cent chance of facing Italy if we go through, then there is a big chance of meeting Spain in the quarter-finals. "The semi-finals could be Brazil or Portugal and then in the final it could be anyone from the other half of the draw." Before concentrating on the knock-out stages Holland needs to get past Denmark, Cameroon and Japan in the Group E. Holland have been eliminated in the last eight of each of the last two major tournaments after coming into the competitions with high expectations, and Van Persie is wary of carrying too much confidence into the World Cup this time around. "Not so high this time. In the last two big tournaments we have gone out in the quarter-final so everyone has this feeling that we will do that again. "Everyone is a bit skeptical. It's true that at Euro 2008 we played unbelievably well and everyone was putting their money on us getting to the final or even winning it. "We played well against Italy, France and Romania. Everyone was saying no-one could stop us. “But then we had a shocking game against Russia in the knock-out stages. So now no-one trusts us. It's about being consistent."