Robben is hopeful: “It is not that France is three or four Messi’s’

Robben is hopeful: “It is not that France is three or four Messi’s’

Arjen Robben insists that the players of the Dutch national team Thursday during the crucial world cup kwalificatieduel with France radiate that there is something to be expected at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

“I am always very positive, but you must also be responsible. You can, however, say that the difficult is going to be and that France was a better team, but if you thought there are going, then you better stay home,” said the 33-year-old attacker Monday night at a press conference in Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk.

Robben hopes that his team mates during the trip to France to look back at the last two matches with 5-0 and was won by the Ivory coast and Luxembourg.

“I know, Thursday we get a very different opponent compared to us. But we must have faith in their own abilities. Only then can we achieve. We also show at the world cup in 2014. You may not notice it with each other to compare, because we were a much longer preparation. But it boils down to is that if you want something and you believe in it, then you can get very far.”


Lawyer trains with Orange in preparation for France


Robben had rather seen that the duel take a number of weeks finished. By a kuitblessure, incurred during the play of a game of tennis, was born in Groningen, the preparation of his club Bayern Munich to let go. Last Saturday, he started again for the first time in the base in the league game against Werder Bremen (0-2 victory).

“If I’m honest, than I am at this moment not completely fit. I have a few duels. Only the calendar looks a bit different. I can’t say: slide this contest, but just three weeks ahead. I had perhaps slightly better felt. But well, that means that this is a mental thing and I normally don’t mind.”

Nevertheless, Robben, however, that he was against France, ninety minutes can play. “Everything is possible. We are going to see. So I am currently in. Mentally I was ready for it. I’m going to give everything what I have in me. I had the Saturday longer than one hour can play. It was the choice of the trainer to get me there earlier.”

Orange comes together for the crucial duels

Wesley Hoedt and the other 23 internationals of the Dutch national team in Hotel Huis ter Duin reported for the crucial international matches of the Orange.

The Orange returned Robin van Persie came up with a big smile in Noordwijk.

Van Persie wanted nothing quiet about his shoulder injury.

Robin Van Persie is still popular with young and old.

Tonny Vilhena is the only Feyenoorder in the selection of Dick Advocaat.

Quincy Promes is one of the six attackers in the selection.

Daley Blind and Orange take the Thursday in Paris against France.

Donny van de Beek if the first time you log in to the ‘big’ Orange.

Karim Rekik came with the taxi to Noordwijk.

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Robben is of the opinion that France is not bigger than they already are. “They have qualitatively a very good team, but I want it there now not to many about. We must respect them but not more than that. If we are a great match to play and we let the French do what they are good at, then do they really have a problem. It is also not true that they are three or four Messi’s.”

Robben is pleased with the return of Robin van Persie, who for the first time in almost two years time to the Orange-selection belongs to. “A lot of fun. Especially for Robin, I think it is special. He has been there a while and is now back again. That for him it is undoubtedly a special feeling.”

“I do not have the idea that by his presence what for me is going to change. That I more or less have to do. It is not that the young guests always come to me to ask for things. Most of the boys do know how to here is crazy. It is more about that they go on the field.”

Three days after the duel with France, wait again Bulgaria in the Johan Cruijff Arena. Robben has good hope that he is two matches in such a short time can handle. “For me it is a matter well to recover from the duel with France. I know how to do that. Roland Garros is over so I can’t go play tennis in Paris.”

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