The Netherlands international feels that the hatred between the two nations is long gone, and also appreciated the efforts of his side’s trainer ahead of the friendly game
Bayern Munich right winger Arjen Robben believes that the fierce rivalry between Germany and Netherlands is something of the past, as it has reduced over the years.
The neighbouring nations enjoyed strong hated between each other since World War 2, and had a few intense games such as the 1974 FIFA World Cup final and the 1988 European Championships semi-final.
Nevertheless, the star player insisted that the shared rivalry between the duo has disappeared as they have a good bond now. He claimed that the clash is still an important one, but there will be no more nasty tackles flying around.
"It's still an important and very special game. However, the hatred and aggressiveness from before is no longer there,” he was quoted as saying in an interview.
"The relationship between Netherlands and Germany is pretty good these days. It's no longer as emotional as back in the days,” he added.
The winger stated that the relationship has improved in recent years, and maybe it is because of Dutch boss Louis van Gaal’s tenure at the Allianz Arena. Moreover, he said that the arrival of Rafael van der Vaart, Mark van Bommel
and himself has also helped the cause further.
"I think this has something to do with Louis van Gaal's time at Bayern Munich, but players like [Mark] van Bommel, [Rafael] van der Vaart and myself have made a good impression in Germany, too," he finally concluded.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea man then praised his current trainer Louis van Gaal. The tactician previously was in charge of Der FCB. Robben conceded that he is hugely impressed by his personality. He commented that whenever
the Oranje boss is instructing, all the players listen carefully and follow his advice.
Robben revealed that Van Gaal is a tough trainer but is always very professional. The manager takes good care of his players and motivates them to give their maximum efforts. Netherlands play Germany at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday.