Arjen Robben has said the counter-attack will be the Netherlands’ primary weapon against Spain in their World Cup opener.
Robben went before reporters at a Press conference prior to the meeting between the countries on Friday in a rematch of the 2010 final.
He was asked if the Dutch would deploy a possession-based approach and revealed that they wouldn’t, according to Marca.
“We’re not playing tiki-taka at the moment although I like that football,” the Bayern Munich winger said.
“The way we play gets results. Counter-attacking is a dangerous weapon that we have to use in this tournament.
“Spain aren’t the only favourites but they are a team that has played together for a long time and are attuned to each other.
“We, by contrast, have started a new project after the Euros. It’s going in the right direction.
“There will be a time Spain stop winning but to win three consecutive tournaments is huge and as such deserves all the respect.”