Originally Posted by OrangeSe7en
That's unfortunate. They really only had one game that you might consider bad and even that's debateable. This was one of the hardest groups I can remember. When they lost to Denmark, they were really up against it. Germany looks like one of the strogest teams in the tournament, so losing that game was a respsectable loss. And then today, against Portugal, what Lalas said about pushing forward and leaving themselves open in the back was true. Basically, today's game was a function of losing to Denmark. They should have won that game and left themselves open to Portugal out of necessity because they didn't.
Agreed. Robben aside (if he's half the petulant child he comes across as on tv...), it seems harsh how international soccer can play out - a few games against 3 of the top 10 teams in the world leading to a total house cleaning? I mean, if it's a situation like 4 years ago with England failing to ****ing qualify for the Euros, yeah, time to reevaluate things. Or even France in the last WC, bowing out early and making total a-holes of themselves off the field.
But 2 years off a trip to the WC final for the Dutch, I think the fan and media sensationalism can make out a couple mediocre performances to equal some deep, systemic problem. That's why they had a qualifying system to even make it to this point - these are the best teams in toughest continent the sport has. You'll go out early occasionally. Unless you're Germany.