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Netherlands World Cup team preparing to play five-man defense to counter Spanish threat

  • Arjen Robben, left, sits on the ground after being tackled by Bruno Martins Indi, right, both from the Netherlands soccer team during a training session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday June 8, 2014. Arjen Robben has reacted angrily to a tough challenge from Netherlands teammate Bruno Martins Indi during a World Cup training session at their base in Rio. The Netherlands play in group B of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Arjen Robben, left, sits on the ground after being tackled by Bruno Martins Indi, right, both from the Netherlands soccer team during a training session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday June 8, 2014. Arjen Robben has reacted angrily to a tough challenge from Netherlands teammate Bruno Martins Indi during a World Cup training session at their base in Rio. The Netherlands play in group B of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arjen Robben, lays on the ground after being tackled by Bruno Martins Indi, from the Netherlands soccer team during a training session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday June 8, 2014. Arjen Robben has reacted angrily to a tough challenge from Netherlands teammate Bruno Martins Indi during a World Cup training session at their base in Rio. The Netherlands play in group B of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Arjen Robben, lays on the ground after being tackled by Bruno Martins Indi, from the Netherlands soccer team during a training session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday June 8, 2014. Arjen Robben has reacted angrily to a tough challenge from Netherlands teammate Bruno Martins Indi during a World Cup training session at their base in Rio. The Netherlands play in group B of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2010 file photo, Netherlands' Nigel de Jong, left, fouls Spain's Xabi Alonso during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. The days of fluent, attacking "total football" are long gone for the Netherlands. Now, results matter more than the way they are achieved. Anybody expecting the Netherlands to revert to the type of free-flowing attacking play that was long the hallmark of Orange teams when Louis van Gaal’s team takes on Spain on Friday should think again. Van Gaal has signaled he will likely play five defenders against Spain to stifle the defending world champion’s own fluent attacking style. That could revive memories of the brutal 2010 final in which eight Dutch players were booked and one sent off. Robin van Persie said Sunday he has no regrets about the 2010 campaign.“I think we can look back with pride” at 2010, he says.  (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, file)

    FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2010 file photo, Netherlands' Nigel de Jong, left, fouls Spain's Xabi Alonso during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. The days of fluent, attacking "total football" are long gone for the Netherlands. Now, results matter more than the way they are achieved. Anybody expecting the Netherlands to revert to the type of free-flowing attacking play that was long the hallmark of Orange teams when Louis van Gaal’s team takes on Spain on Friday should think again. Van Gaal has signaled he will likely play five defenders against Spain to stifle the defending world champion’s own fluent attacking style. That could revive memories of the brutal 2010 final in which eight Dutch players were booked and one sent off. Robin van Persie said Sunday he has no regrets about the 2010 campaign.“I think we can look back with pride” at 2010, he says. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, file)  (The Associated Press)

The days of fluent, attacking "total football" are long gone for the Netherlands. Now, results matter more than the way they are achieved.

Anybody expecting the Netherlands to revert to the Oranje's traditional free-flowing attacking play when Louis van Gaal's team takes on Spain on Friday should think again.

Van Gaal has signaled he will likely play five defenders to stifle the defending world champion's own fluent attacking style.

That could revive memories of the physical 2010 final in which eight Dutch players were booked and one sent off.

Robin van Persie said Sunday he has no regrets about the 2010 campaign.

He says "I think we can look back with pride."