Coach Max Caldas holds mixed feelings about the lost world cup final with the Dutch hockey players. The Spaniard is disappointed, but also sees positive points.
Orange played against Belgium with a 0-0 equal and put it in the shoot-outs. The netherlands walked the fourth world title in history and the first in twenty years is wrong.
“We have fought like lions until the last second and were very close. It feels tremendously empty, but I’m proud of the resilience and the improvement of the squad during the tournament,” said Caldas for the camera of the NOS.
“Today was just not enough. I congratulate Belgium. We are a very beautiful path and that’s going to pay off. It is very sour, but the art of sport is learning to lose.”
The 45-year-old Caldas wild does not excuse the fact that his players, who on Saturday in the semi-finals played, were weary. “We should not forget that you’re in a final of the world cup not to fatigue think. What concerns me was that not of influence.”
‘Have the Netherlands back on the map’
The coach of Orange found it to be unnecessary that it is in the world cup final arrived on shoot-outs. “We were in Belgium, more pain can do,” he concluded.
“We had a lot of the ball, but have too much with the ball, walked, and had more need to adjust and combine. Anyway we can get together nothing to blame. We have fought and stood even in the shoot-outs.”
Caldas sees despite the painful defeat in the Indian Bhubaneswar is enough evidence and provides a bright future for the Dutch team, that in his eyes the game has to show at the world cup.
“We should be very proud of how we played and how we get our country back on the map have been made with the way of playing. We have the audience and ourselves entertained, to have a great time in India, but unfortunately it was just not,” said the coach.
Van Dam is ‘heavy through’
Thijs van Dam, one of the players who missed in the shoot-outs, struggled to put into words how he felt. “At this moment, I’m heavy through it, and according to me everyone. This is incredibly acidic”, he concluded.
“We were in the contest all have to decide. It was not good enough and unfortunately, she succeeded this time not in the shoot-outs. At this moment I have no explanation for. Both teams have fought for what they were worth.”
Van Dam was in the semi-final against Australia is still accurate in the shoot-outs, but failed so against the Belgians. “I made a different choice and that was not good. It is bales.”
The new world champion of Belgium stood up to this tournament have never been in a world cup final and picked up, also never a medal. A fifth place was so far the best performance of our neighbours on the world championship.
Hockey players walk first world title since 1998, the wrong with the loss against Belgium