For QPR midfielder Joey Barton, who has turned to punditry via his popular social media channel, the age of tiki-taki may have grown old overnight.
The Netherlands annihilated Spain in the first Group B game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup earlier today, Friday, by a shock 5-1 score, as the reigning champions were humbled at the very start of their attempted defence of the title.
Despite a brace each from Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie, to propel the Dutch from 33/1 outsiders to one of the favourites to win the tournament, Barton believes punters may have to err on the side of caution - as Holland have a history of imploding.
He said: "Before we get carried away, remember the Dutch have a habit of starting tournaments well before imploding! A note of caution."
Barton did, however, add: "I love Dutch football - for a nation of less than 17 million, they consistently produce great footballers."
Before we get carried away remember the Dutch have a habit of starting tournaments well, before imploding! A note of caution.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) June 13, 2014