Arjen Robben believes the Netherlands Euro 2012 fixture against Germany tonight will either propel the side back into the ascendancy for the rest of the tournament or see them bow out of Poland and Ukraine early.
Having lost their opening Group B game to Denmark 0-1 on Saturday, Oranje need a positive result from their second match or face elimination. The 28-year-old Robben is well aware of the seriousness of the game. “Against Germany it is make or break,” he told AD.nl. “But we are confident. We will, can and should win. If that happens, everything will be good and we can rise again.”
In a separate interview with De Telegraaf, Robben praised his opponents. “They were third at the World Cup and the team is still young, fresh and fit. The Germans are always strong physically, and have excellent stamina. In addition the current team possesses a lot of creativity. And they had a good start with a win against Portugal.”
The Bayern Munich winger has suffered much heartache on the big stage in recent times, including defeats in the 2010 World Cup final and in two Champions League finals. However, Robben remained adamant that these experiences will not weigh him down and only served to make him appreciate any future glory.
“You can make a big talking point out of it (losing in finals), but this is how the facts are. But if you do not play, you cannot lose them. I do not carry it with me, but it does obviously hurt if you do not succeed in the two largest prizes out there. I was so close. The last one against Chelsea (Champions League final) was absurd. The first big title that I’ll win now or in the future will be 10 times sweeter.”
Ready for battle: Loew
Germany coach Joachim Loew said his boy are ready for tonight’s “battle” against Holland. “There is a big rivalry between the two countries and these are always legendary games. So, it will be intense. It will be a battle on the pitch.”