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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Van Marwijk praises squad "respect"

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk accepts his squad "do not have to be friends'' but insists they must respect each other.

The Dutch have won their opening two Group E matches against Denmark and Japan, already securing their place in the knockout stage ahead of Thursday's encounter with already-eliminated Cameroon.

But unlike France and England, where disharmony appears to have adversely affected performances, Van Marwijk is confident his players are able to focus on the bigger picture.

"It is just as important to have a strong team, a team that knows what it is about and does not necessarily have to be each other's friends,'' he said.

"They have to respect each other's qualities. They need to be able to tell each other the truth.

"Those are usually the teams that are able to bounce back when it really matters, and I think that we are able to do that.''

Van Marwijk praised the qualities of 35-year-old captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who has 101 caps and is a veteran of clubs Arsenal, Barcelona and Feyenoord.

"I've known Giovanni for a long time. I also worked with him at Feyenoord for a year and he is a really good captain - but in his own way,'' said the Dutch coach.

"He is not someone who bosses people around and yells. He is a very quiet guy who has the respect of all the players, and that is very important.''




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