Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk says he is confident the Oranje will prevail over five-time champions Brazil in Friday's FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final. The Netherlands go into this last-eight clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium having won their first four matches in South Africa, but face their toughest test yet in the shape of Dunga's A Seleção.
Van Marwijk, who assumed control of the Netherlands team after UEFA EURO 2008, told a pre-match press conference: "Brazil are favourites for the World Cup, but we've proven we can also beat this type of opponent. I am fully confident of that.
"My team are absolutely ready, you can sense the excitement among the players. They know they are facing a very important match, they are fully focused. We are not afraid of them. We're realistic, we know Brazil are a good strong team with a number of weapons like speed and turning around a game, but I know we can win this match."
He suggested one of the keys to a Dutch success over Brazil was that they stuck by their own style of play. "It's important to play your own game against Brazil, and not go along with their play," he said. "Look at the Ivory Coast...