Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine - Finals
Ron Vlaar: "I know what I am capable of"
31 May 2012
Ron Vlaar replaced Wilfred Bouma
at half time of the game against Slovakia. The right
footed defender took the position of the left center
back and played well.
It was in the first minute that
Wilfred Bouma and John Heitinga banged their heads together.
It was an anxious moment as both defenders went own.
Heitinga was able to finish the match, but Bouma had
to be replaced at half time and even went to hospital
for a checkup.
Ron Vlaar replaced him for the
second half. "And then you just have be ready,"
said a happy Vlaar afterwards. "I believe I did
well. I was focussed, that's very important. We gave
away nothing at the back."
With both Mathijsen and Bouma now
injured chances for Vlaar increase. Even a start against
Denmark is now a possibility. "I don't know. I
just want to perform as well as I can. It goes well
in training. I feel good. I feel fit. And the manager
knows what I'm worth to the team."
He feels accepted by the group
that he has joined only recently. "Yeah, I really
feel that. The boys know what I'm about. I know what
I'm capable of."
Coming off the bench in a packed
Kuip Stadium felt right: "Its special to play for
Holland in this stadium. I've had some great moments
here this past season. And this was one of them."
For the right footed Vlaar the
position on the left in the center wasn't new: "I've
played half my games last season on that position. I
know what is expected."
It was the first time he played
with Stijn Schaars on his side at left back, but it
went well: "We communicated well. When you see
what we gave away, then you can say the defense stood
well. When we lost the ball we never got into trouble.
Of course the opponents will be a little stronger, but
it still takes that level of concentration."
Holland were sharper on Wednesday
than they were on Saturday against Bulgaria. "Then
we had just returned from training camp and we traveled
on the day of the match. That plays a role. You have
to be able to deal with it. We played well for an hour.
Bu you can not lose that game. Especially not the way
we did. But you mustn't ponder upon it. As a team you
want a to make up for that. I think we're on the right
track now. A victory boosts confidence, it's as simple
as that. It's confidence for Saturday's match, and then
travel to Poland with a good feeling. We trained well
and hard in Switzerland, and in the end that hard work
has to pay of. It's all about the 9th of June."
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