Netherlands captain Robin van Persie is keeping his feet firmly on the ground ahead of his country’s next match against Australia.

  • By Himanshu Dhingra
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rvp gfgExpectations are high after a resounding 5-1 demolition of world and European champions Spain but the Manchester United man is not getting carried away.

Speaking to FIFA’s website van Persie said,

“Everybody in the Netherlands is euphoric and happy; we have to cope with the high expectations of the people which were actually lower this year than in previous years. I think that worked in our favor because nobody expected much from us, but our performance against Spain has changed that.”

“Spain has spent the past six years, won everything there is to win. They have shown the world time and again to see what they have to offer. It’s great to interrupt their series but as a country we should not get ahead of ourselves. We have to be realistic.

“We must ensure that we hold, not only for the people and the fans, but also for ourselves. The tournament has just begun. We have achieved an impressive result, but we still have a long way to go to win this tournament.

Speaking on his coach Louis van Gaal, the striker said,

“Our coach is not easily impressed, and he lets us know too. We are told to have the ball, but not with fear. He thinks we are just as good as any one and we did show against Spain.”

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