Sneijder: Pretty football won't guarantee our stay
Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder has told fastidious Dutch football connoisseurs to forget about the side playing pretty at the World Cup, because he does not want to go home just yet.
The continuing debate over the team abandoning their total football philosophy and employing an uglier pressing and counter-attacking style still has Dutch opinion divided — even after the team scored 12 goals in four wins in Brazil to book a quarter-final berth.
“Why must we go into overdrive just so that we are praised by the world for playing good football and trying so hard? Would you rather see us in the airplane going home? I prefer to go for the best option,” he said, as the Dutch readied to depart their base for Salvador, where they meet Costa Rica in the last eight on Sunday morning (Singapore time).
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