Argentina to target Robben
09 July 2014, 22:22
Rio de Janeiro - Netherlands winger Arjen Robben could be in for some rough
treatment from Argentina during Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final showdown.
Robben has been one of the standout performers in Brazil,
netting three goals, providing one assist and generally causing mayhem within
opposition defences with his direct and surging runs.
Argentina and Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis, a
former team-mate of Robben’s at Bayern Munich, admits the flying Dutchman could
pose some serious problems for the South American side.
"He is a phenomenon - it is impossible to know which
way he is going to go," Demichelis said.
"So you must attack him, because the more you stand
off, the closer he brings you to your own goal and you have less chance against
him," he told Clarin.
The 33-year-old central defender went on to suggest that a
robust approach from the Argentine defenders may be the only way to unsettle
"As he does not like physical contact, you must make
him feel it - you must rough him up. The Dutch players, especially Robben, must
feel the Argentine passion."