Oranje coach keeps cards close to his chest

Thursday, July 8, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Johannesburg- Oranje head coach, Bert Van Marwijk, is keeping his cards close to his chest about the strategies his team will employ when they take on Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final on Sunday.

Speaking to journalists in Johannesburg on Thursday, Van Marwijk hailed the Spaniards as the better team who if given a chance to find their rhythm can easily down their opposition. He said Spain is the world's best team since their playing style is similar to that of local club Barcelona.

"With their team spirit, the Spaniards are a better side, but we also have a very good team. At this moment, I can't tell whether I will stick to my game plan or not," he said.

He said he was pleased that his side had not picked up any injuries ahead of their crucial encounter, adding that he hoped that star player's Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie will be in top form on Sunday and take the trophy home...

He also confirmed that 35-year-old team's skipper, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, would be retiring after the showpiece.

"He is an unbelievable professional. His presence in the team is crucial and he will be playing his last World Cup match on Sunday," he said.

The Netherlands who have reached their first 2010 FIFA World Cup final in 32 years will be going to the Final match with a 24-match unbeaten record.

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