Van Persie upset with Robben
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Robin van Persie has accused Holland team-mate Arjen Robben of being greedy.
Robin van Persie has accused Holland team-mate Arjen Robben of being greedy and feels Marco van Basten's side is currently imbalanced.
The Dutch started their World Cup challenge with a 1-0 win over Serbia & Montenegro on Sunday, with van Persie supplying Robben with the chance to score the only goal.
But van Persie was left frustrated by Robben's overall performance and has urged the Chelsea winger to show a greater awareness of his team-mates.
"He needs to take his team-mates into account," said the Arsenal attacker of Robben. "Sometimes he makes choices that are good for him, but not the team.
"We need to realise we are in this together. We had several chances against Serbia, but against the really big countries, you maybe get one chance.
"In that situation, you have to make the right choice. He can't do it on his own."
Van Persie also believes the make-up of van Basten's side contributed to his own slightly below-par effort against the Serbo-Montenegrins.
"I didn't have a great game," he continued. "There is a problem with the balance of the team."
Meanwhile, Serbia & Montenegro striker Mateja Kezman has criticised Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for the way he has handled Robben.
Kezman spent a season at Stamford Bridge, with the exciting winger before moving to Atletico Madrid last summer.
He was used sparingly by Mourinho and now feels the Blues boss is dishing out the same treatment to Robben.
"Robben made the difference in our game," said Kezman. "He's one of the best players in that position.
"At Chelsea, he has spent too much time on the bench and the number of games he played is not enough.
"He deserves more respect. I don't think Jose Mourinho gets the best out of him."