After Holland defeated Mexico in the round of 16 do the Dutch have what it takes to win the World Cup in Brazil?
I've watched Holland in most of their games during the tournament and I believe they can lift the trophy after coming so close in 2010.
The players will not want to feel the same pain of losing another World Cup final and this will spur them on to do better this time around.
I was very impressed with how Holland dealt with the heat in their clash with Mexico as the temperature rose to 38.8 degrees at one point during the match. It was obvious the Dutch were suffering at some points in the game but after going a goal behind they responded very well.
The fact that they have the ability to not let their heads go down will really help them if they are to win the World Cup. They kept battling until the final whistle and were rewarded with two late goals from Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
A lot of other teams wouldn't have shown as much desire as the Dutch did.
Holland are still unbeaten at this tournament and I don't think they will be properly challenged until at least the semi finals where they could face Argentina.
If there is any position that the Dutch are weak in it's the defence though, and I always fear they will make a mistake. Ron Vlaar is the leader at the back but after having a fairly poor season with Aston Villa I find it hard to believe the stronger teams in the competition won't target him as a weak link.
He does get the job done but he lacks pace which could cause him a lot of problems in the latter stages of the World Cup.
However Holland have a great midfield and attacking options to make up for their defensive frailties. Sneijder, Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben are just three of the players that any opposition would fear, and with substitutes like Huntelaar coming off the bench they have a lot of goals in their side.
I believe Holland will make it to the final this time around and I think they will win it. They could be up against Brazil, Colombia, France or Germany which would be a great test for them but they have what it takes to beat any side.
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