Marco hails midfield troika
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marco van Basten has heralded the return of total football to the Dutch national team.Netherlands coach Marco van Basten has heralded the return of total football to the Dutch national team.
The Oranje overcame an early setback to beat Finland 3-1, with van Basten insisting it was the creative quality in his midfield which proved decisive.
Ruud van Nistelrooy netted twice, the second a superb drive with his right foot, to add to Wesley Sneijder's powerful leveller, but it was the midfield which caught the eye of the rookie coach.
"We began too cautiously and without confidence," said van Basten. "It took time before things started to get into gear.
"And today we played football as it should be played.
"With (Rafael) van der Vaart, Sneijder and (Denny) Landzaat (pictured), our midfield consisted of pure technical footballers.
"Finland are a physical side and the best way to combat that is with pure technical footballers and today we proved that works."
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