rumrum said:Taking emotions out of the equation
Why I think Holland will win:
They simply impressed me more in this tournament. They won all of their games with a demanding result. They scored on the Japan team while they were playing an all-out defense...still breaking through and scoring and also keeping a lid on the counter attack. They are playing much by the book, such as Germany is this year, are true to their formations and positions and the role players know what they are doing. They seems physically fit and the top players (Robben, V.Persie, Kuyt, Schnider) is quite an offense. Their defense has also remained solid with no gaping holes that I can remember. Their goalkeeper has also made some great saves and is defending well.
Brazil will be tough, no doubt, but they didn't impress me this year. They didn't really blow out any opponents, 2-1 vs North Korea...really? Their attacking isn't quite the flash I expected...maybe they were playing conservative too, not sure. But they are going to have to play some tough teams that will know how to defend their attack, and I think Holland is where the buck stops. The only European style team they played was Portugal and they ended up tying them. They ran through similar style playing like Chile (South America) and Ivory Coast (Africa). African and S. American soccer tends to be more flashy and stylish while Europeans stick with conservative and by-the-book...look at Germany, England, France, etc.
In point, it's really flash vs. conservative. I think the conservative, by-the-book, attacking style of Holland will beat out the flashy style of Brazil. Brazil's reputation is built on their play...their spectacular goals, and their footwork. But I feel that if Holland can contain that, and attack them and break their psyche, it's a done deal.
ASHOOR said:No matter how deep Brazil is, you take 4 players from their line-up, and you sure will suffer. This is when there will be pressure on Dunga for not having brought Ronaldinho and Diego, just to name a few.
davidb said:Ronaldinho wouldn't bring anything to the team that they already don't have.
I was more surprised at Diego & Pato.
Typical coach trying to stamp his authority.