Ruud van Gol: Shivering and Cheering with Becks
100,000s of fans cheered Real Madrid after winning their 30est title against Real Mallorca. “I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Ruud van Nistelrooy, Spanish top scorer.”Beckham and I were really worried for a while.”
It could’ve gone dreadfully wrong for Real, as it did a bit for Ruud already, who had to leave the pitch with a hamstring injury, without having scored.
“When David (Beckham) also needed to be replaced we were sitting next to each other like old ladies. David was totally out of his mind. We were 1-0 down, they got some great opportunities and we were useless, on the bench. It was a disaster. And you can’t do anything about it, that really drives you crazy, I’ll tell ya.”
“Ruud, Becks said, it can’t be true that I leave without a price? And when we scored, at last, we exploded. And not just we did, everyone…”
The next day, Ruud is enjoying a coffee in La Moraleja with his wife and daughter. And reading all the papers. “This is really good fun,” the striker smiles. Winning the championship with PSV and Man United was good, but this… “There will be a time when this is all normal, I suppose, but I still think I’m dreaming. It’s surreal the way people here celebrate the title. You’d almost believe you’re important. And they really draw you into it.”
The title didn’t come easy this year… It needed hard work. “Oh yeah, I never worked so hard as this year. And not just on the pitch. I focussed extremely on my work here. I’ve put everything aside. I didn’t want to know anything else. I needed that, I guess. But then again, this is easily the toughest competition in the world. There are so many good teams.”
It was a tough year with a dreadful seasons’ start. The striker needed to prove himself all over again. A new coach. Ronaldo left. Beckham was put aside and the selection seemed to fall apart. But around Xmas, things started happening. “For me it was the game against Valencia, the one with the volly. After that goal, everything went easier. I came in the zone. I know a striker needs to do more than just score goals, but if you do score everything else comes easier… Every striker knows that.”
Because of his injury Capello allowed Van Nistelrooy to go on a holiday instead of traveling to Israel for a profitbable post-season stint. “I am happy with that. Four weeks to get the batteries charged up again.”
Next season will be tougher, Ruud knows .Because of the extra matches with Oranje. “I am so looking forward to being back. I find the EC extremely important. We need to qualify and then I want to win it!”
Participating in the Olympics is an idea that is no longer in his head. “No, that’s history. You can’t play in two national teams. I want to play with the big boys on the EC. Alas, because it was always a dream to play on the Olympics. Currently I am enjoying the Under 21 Oranje games. I think the team does well and Foppe de Haan is a great coach. He deserves a lot of respect. And now there is this discussion about the systems. Give me a break! let the man do his job, enjoy the successes and go on with it. He is a pro, he’s proven that…”
Well said Ruud, the guy is on the verge of winning a second title in a row and has qualified for the Olympics, and we are questioning his formations? Gimme a break. Actually give Foppe a break.
Posted from United States
I think it is funny that there is such a debate about the formations. I actually think formations can be important but nothing will work if you don´t field your best players. I see deHaan´s team playing with the best he has at his disposal while van Basten´s team often benches players like Seedorf or Huntelaar or Ruud and pissed Mark van Bommel so if you don´t play your best man any system you use will fail.
But I think that after this past season that just finished Marco will have no other choice but to field Seedorf and van Nistelrooy as starters for sure because they had an extraordinary year and people will not forgive San Marco if he starts benching our Pichichi and our European Champion to play Landzaat or deJong or Venegoor!.
I think that Marco already knows that and from now on he will stop trying average players at his first eleven and will start doing the logical thing….playing van der Sar, Heitinga, Seedorf, Robben, Sneijder, van der Vaart, van Nistelrooy, van Persie; the best players around.
But if he fields the best players and the team continues playing like in the last games then we will have to ask once again what is Marco doing as the national coach when Holland has great coaches that can easily make it much better that San Marco.
As a said before, if Holland fields these players the system is irrelevant but first you have to play them all of them together to see what can happen because since San Marco is coach of the Netherlands I have never seen Ruud and Seedorf play together as just an example. And an excellent team is the one that can play in different systems during a game and perhaps the 4-3-3 used by van Basten lacks that. The 4-3-3 used by van Basten is very rigid while the one uses by coaches like van Gaal and Cruyff has much more movement between the lines and there we have the big difference between the systems, the system does not matter, what matters is to know how to play it and according to that I agree with Cruyff but it seems the Dutch National Team under van Basten still doesn´t know and doesn´t understand what the coach wants and it shows when Holland plays because you see the players very rigid on their positions, not many alternatives, they don´t change position oftenly and that´s is what is wrong about San Marco´s team.
Anyway, I am curious to see the lineup against Bulgaria on September and I want to see Seedorf and van Nistelrooy as starters and the team playing better than before because Romania and Bulgaria are very close to us in the qualifying group so there is no margin for error and Bulgaria will go with everything they have and I can´t tell what will happen if we lose, thay I am positive that it will not be the case this time. =)
Melchiot – Boulah – Mathijsen – De Cler
Seedorf Sneijder Vaart
Persie Ruud Robben
Posted from Australia
Well here I come with my favorite lineups for the moment. As we all know Holland plays 4-3-3 under van Basten so I will field my first eleven according to that system and I will take the freedom to line up a 4-4-2 formation in the rhombus formation and the 4-4-2 formation with two central midfielders. You can have your thoughts about my lineups, every comment is welcomed.
van der Sar
Kromkamp- Heitinga- Emmanuelson
Seedorf- Sneijder- Rafa
van Persie- Ruud – Robben
4-4-2 as a rhombus
van der Sar
Kromkamp- Heitinga -Emmanuelson
Davids(Sneijder or vBommel)
Ruud van Persie
4-4-2 (or 4-4-1-1)
with two central mids
van der Sar
Kromkamp- Heitinga – Emmanuelson
Ruud van Nistelrooy
I think that for left back Gio and de Cler are very good players but I like the speed and technique of Emmanuelson better and Kromkamp for me is a younger than Melchiot and it is true he has to get better at a one on one confrontation vs a speedy forward but he has a lot of talent. I also believe thay players like Davids and van Bommel still have what it takes to be considerd for the squad because both of them played very well last year. Well my friends, those are my lineups today, but I´ll keep an eye on Drenthe and Afellay, those two boys will be playing in the starting eleven in not a very long time.
Posted from Mexico
3-5-2 (another option) with Heitinga as midfielder, with Afellay and Seedorf in the center stealing balls and passing to the wings for Robben and Kuyt to center and also with van Persie as the shadow striker and of course with Ruud up there. Heitinga would drop when we are being attacked and when he goes up the Seedorf or Afellay take on his position. I think Kuyt did great last year as right winger and he also fights back to recuperate balls so that’s good.
Kromkamp, Mathijsen, Emanuelson
Posted from Mexico
@Jan and Mario,
I would love to see an attacking line up with seedorf, sneijder and vd vaart in mid and v persie, ruud and robben up front. that is my favourite combination but i have never posted it because i thought that such a line up would not be very balanced…it lacks a defensive minded midfielder, and therefore i am not sure it would work in real life. what do you guys think? you must think that it would be feasible…are you thinking that sneijder could play in a defensive role? or that we should just go for all out attack?
Posted from Canada
Igor, I think that your lineup seems offensive but if all midfielders do their defensive duties properly then it can work and van Basten should try a line up like the one that you are suggesting because the players you name are by far the best players of the oranje. Perhaps a guy like van Bommel will have to be considered too but as we know he is out of the picture now but I think your ideas are great man. Sneijder, van der Vaart and Seedorf are all round players that can play together easily. I think van Persie should have a more attacking frame of mind but at times he will have to drop back to start a new attack but I like that kind of formation!
Agree with that Mario. Sneijder has played in the defensive role and it does come down to discipline…
Posted from Australia
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