Maduro relying on instinct
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ajax youngster Hedwiges Maduro is confident ahead of the World Cup finals.
Hedwiges Maduro is confident ahead of the World Cup finals but stresses it is a huge learning curve for him.
The 21-year-old is at home in midfield or defence but enjoys getting on the ball and will look to influence matches if handed the opportunity in Germany.
After initially being in awe of his senior Holland team-mates, the Ajax youngster is determined to make his mark on the biggest stage of all.
His international bow against Romania came a mere month after he broke into the Ajax first team.
"It was a little bit strange, all the media for my debut," he told Sky Sports.
"It was great to play suddenly with Ruud van Nistelrooy and Philip Cocu from the start, the big players.
"It was a dream come true.
"Instinct is how I must play, to decide things I think, and I instinctively feel, if the ball comes to me, I know already where the ball must go.
"I think that's my quality in the team.
"We have a great team, a young team," he explained. "So we must learn a lot of things but we have players who can decide a game.
"We must grow in the tournament and learn a lot from the big countries like Brazil and Argentina.
"If we're a little bit lucky, we can win the title but we must learn a lot from our group."
Holland are in the so-called Group of Death alongside Ivory Coast, Argentina and Serbia & Montenegro.