Originally Posted by entropy13
A Dutch Arsenal fan (with a username "Clockwork Orange"
) noted that BBC had an in-depth analysis on how Brazil plays. Suffice to say that when they attack it's always a 6-space-4 in the field (the 4 is the defense line, or when the fullbacks are attacking, the CBs and 2 midfielders, almost always Gilberto and Melo). That space should be exploited by the Dutch, and they do exploit such space (see Robben's goal against Slovakia).
And yes, Gilberto's called the Invisible Wall for two reasons, because he can stop the opposition, but he's not exactly fast. Melo's only slightly better.
René v/d Gijp (ex-pro) is constantly saying Felipe Melo and Gilberto Silva are crap on Dutch telly. And seeing the Brazil games (I watched nearly everything this tournament) I have to agree.
Though I don't think our coach will do this: Put Rafael vd Vaart in place of Nigel de Jong on our midfield, in order to create an offensive and creative midfield, and place Robben and Elia/Kuyt on the flanks. Also, van Persie needs to give up his striker position. He can't do it in these small spaces.