Wednesday, 18th June, 2014

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has urged his side to remain grounded ahead of their World Cup clash against Australia tonight.

The Oranje, who blew away the reigning champions Spain 5-1 in their opener last week, are now up against the Socceroos at the Estadio Beira-Rio.

And Van Gaal warned his side not to rest on their laurels and instead wants the Dutch to focus on beating Australia, which he thinks will not be a very easy task.

"You win the World Cup by winning the final," he told FIFA’s official site.

"This is just the first step. We have to keep our feet on the ground, we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. We need to prove our capability to win over Australia, which won't be that easy.”  


The new Manchester United manager went on to reveal that he was pleased with the manner in which the senior players of his side warned the others of complacency after the Netherland’s huge victory over Spain.

"I felt the team reacted very well, especially the older players”, he added.

“The more seasoned players know what is going on and they immediately warned the team this was simply one victory and that we haven't earned anything.

"We haven't even made it to the next round yet so anything can happen and I'm very glad to see this. That means a coach doesn't have to say much more."

The Netherlands, who currently sit atop Group B, will face Chile in their final group fixture at the Arena Corinthians on Monday.

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