Holland captain defends style of play

The Dutch have been under fire for the style of football they have played so far this World Cup.

Holland are set to face Uruguay at the World Cup semi-final.

“Many teams at this tournament have said we haven’t been playing beautiful football, but we have done well in the group phase,” said van Bronckhorst.

“Every game, you want to play well, the most important thing now is that we win matches.

“In the past, we have started well and then gone on to lose, this time we are much closer and full of confidence.

“Of course, we want to win with beautiful football, but it is more important we win matches. This team always wants to play good football, but sometimes it is not possible.”

“It is becoming harder as we are in the last four, our opponents will be tough,” he said.

“If we win with beautiful football, great, but we would be happier with a victory.”