1. Arjen Robben Is In The Form Of His Life
Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben appears to be determined to use this World Cup to establish his legacy in the game, whether that be for good things or bad.
On his day though, there are few more fearsome sights in football for a defender than Robben sprinting directly at you, and as the 30-year-old appears to be getting faster as he gets older, he’ll be determined to use this week to become an all-time great in the eyes of his nation.
2. They Have Got Nothing To Lose
Many claimed that the Dutch wouldn’t get out of their group given that it also included Spain and Chile, but not only have they done that they’ve now made it all the way to the last four.
They should really fear no-one at this point, and given that all of the other remaining teams would probably have entered this tournament expecting to win it, what have the Oranje got to lose?
3. Wesley Sneijder Is Starting To Find His Form
The two knockout matches have seen Wesley Sneijder really come to the fore, and roll back the years to reproduce some of the scintillating displays we saw from him in South Africa four years ago.
He scored a crucial goal in the second round clash against Mexico, and he was desperately unlucky not to find the net against Costa Rica – hitting the woodwork twice. His overall play went up a notch in both matches too, and it could keep going higher.
4. They’ve Overcome Their Penalty Hoodoo
Ahead of the Costa Rica quarter-final, the Netherlands had lost four of their last five penalty shootouts, a record which made them only marginally better than everyone’s go-to penalty no-hopers, England.
After their win they must feel on top of the world though, and so if either their semi-final or potential final were to go to penalties then they are sure to have no fear. They’ve also got a manager prepared to produce the unexpected…
5. Louis van Gaal
Dutch boss Louisvan Gaal has shown that he isn’t afraid to think outside the box during this tournament, often switching between different formations and of course bringing on goalkeeper Tim Krul just for the penalty shootout against Costa Rica.
The veteran is clearly determined to make his mark ahead of his departure for the Manchester United job, and his desire to bow out with a bang could just give his side the extra motivation they need.
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