Louis van Gaal believes Holland can win the World Cup

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Holland manager Louis van Gaal believes his side can win the World Cup for the first time in the country's history - despite insisting they are "not a great team."

Van Gaal is preparing his troops for their quarter-final clash with surprise package Costa Rica in Salvador today.


The Dutch boss - who takes official charge of Manchester United at the end of the tournament in Brazil - feels the spirit and resolve in the Holland camp will help guide them to glory by claiming the trophy in Rio on July 13.

He said: "Our goal has always been to become world champions and we have already said we are a team which is very difficult to beat.

"We're not a great team but a team which is difficult to beat. So far we have shown that and I hope we can continue that up to and including the final."

Return to Salvador

His comments may not come as a huge surprise as the Dutch were not highly fancied before the tournament, however a 5-1 demolition of reigning world champions Spain at the group stage in Salvador thrust them right into the list of potential winners.

But Van Gaal is not underestimating the opposition as Costa Rica have proved their pedigree by topping a group containing England, Italy and Uruguay before beating Greece in the first knockout round.

"Well, I may have some news for you - the Dutch media did not expect that we would get this far either," he said.

"That Costa Rica are considered to be a less strong team, that is by the media. That is not our words, we are not saying that."

"One goal"

A victory over Costa Rica today would see the Dutch progress to the semi-finals, where they would meet either Argentina or Belgium.

Holland are looking to go one better than the 2010 tournament in South Africa where they reached the final before losing a physical contest to a late Andres Iniesta strike.

Van Gaal said: "We have always said since the preparation for this World Cup that it will not be the best or most fantastic team that is going to win, but the best 23 players will win this.

"We all have one goal, we are all supporting each other, complementing each other. That's what the Dutch team is, all 23 players.

"We've been able to achieve outstanding results and this what we see.

"That will remain for the entire tournament, even if we lose. The Dutch team will fight right to the very last minute to become world champions."

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