The Netherlands came to Brazil as one of the favourites to win the 2014 World Cup finals, but after their performance in the group stage, they are now many people’s top candidates.
Louis van Gaal’s side have played some of the best football in the competition and destroyed 2010 World Cup winners Spain 5-1 in their opening Group B match.
Australia were also vanquished 3-2 and then Chile were beaten 2-0 in a match in which the Oranje showed some superb tactical flexibility and pragmatism.
Next up for the Netherlands is a clash against Mexico in the last 16 of the tournament at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on Sunday.
The Dutch will head into the match as the favourites, and Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder believes that they can not only win against the North American side, but can also go all the way and emerge victorious in the competition.
‘When I start a tournament, I always want to win it’, the 30-year-old told FIFA.com. ‘And, of course, some are much easier to win than others... And why can't we win it this time? I think we have a great team and a great spirit, so we have to go for it’.
Sneijder has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a long time, since his days at Inter Milan in fact.
Earlier this month, the former Real Madrid star admitted that if Van Gaal made him an offer to move to the Red Devils, then he would find it tough to turn it down.
Since then, Sneijder’s agent has played down reports suggesting that he will leave Galatasaray after the World Cup (click here to read more), but should United still try to convince him to switch clubs?
Perhaps, and if they do, then they will be able to do so safe in the knowledge that Sneijder has resolved all his problems with Van Gaal, who will take charge of the Manchester outfit after the World Cup.
Sneijder was criticised by the Dutchman for his lack of fitness, but in the past two or so years, he has come back brilliantly to consolidate his place in the Netherlands starting line-up.
The star midfielder has now hailed Van Gaal for making the Dutch play the way they do.
‘The manager stands over the team and creates the way we play’, he said.