Speculation rife for Germany match
By The Holland Times Tue. 12 June 2012
With the Netherlands about to meet Germany in the second match of Euro 2012, speculation and analysis is running wild on both sides. A surprise 1-0 defeat at the hands of Denmark has left Dutch fans and players tense about the outcome of the German match, which is now even more vital to win.
"Against Germany it is make or break," player Arjen Robben said in an interview with AD.nl, adding, "But we are still confident. We will, can and should win. If that happens, everything will be good and we can rise again."
Meanwhile, on the German side there is less confidence that could be expected given that they are coming from a 1-0 win against Portugal in their first match. Historically, the second match has been a difficult one for Germany, and losses here have left the team in a weak position in later matches.
A meeting between Germany and the Netherlands in November led to a 3-0 defeat for Orange, but even the Germans don't think tomorrow's game will be the same.
"We would be crazy to think that this game will be anything like that," team manager team manager Oliver Bierhoff told reporters, "They were missing two or three players then. Now it will be a much tougher game because they are under pressure to win."
The Netherlands will meet Germany in Kharkiv's Metalist Stadium on Wednesday 13 June at 20:45 CET (21:45 local time).