Holding on: Van Persie wary of winning euphoria
Robin van Persie was the star man alongside Arjen Robben when the Netherlands simply humiliated World Champions Spain in their opening game for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The 5-1 comeback in which the Manchester United forward scored twice has naturally raised expectations from the Dutch point of view.
Van Persie however warns his side to be wary and not get ahead of themselves as they prepare for the final two group games.
The Netherlands captain told FIFA.com:
‘The tournament has barely started yet. We achieved an impressive result but we have a long way to go to win this tournament.
‘This is my fifth [major] tournament and I know how these things work: the euphoria vanishes just as quickly as it appears. So we have to make sure that we hold on to it – not only for the people and fans, but also for ourselves.
‘Everybody is euphoric and happy in the Netherlands. We are dealing with people’s expectations here, which had been low compared to other years.
‘I actually think this worked to our advantage because nobody expected much from us. But after such a performance, the dynamics have naturally changed. However, as a country, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. We have to stay realistic.’
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