Captain Van Persie backs “fantastic” coach Hiddink despite shock loss

Netherlands captain Robin Van Persie has voiced his backing of national coach Guus Hiddink despite the team’s shock 2 – 0 loss to Iceland yesterday in a Euro 2016 qualifying fixture.

The loss was Hiddink’s third in four games since taking the coaching mantle from Louis Van Gaal after the World Cup, yet Van Persie remains adamant that the coach has what it takes to see Holland through to the finals tournament in France.

“Guus is a fantastic coach” Van Persie said, speaking to ESPN FC.

“We are all working as hard as we can to play well” he added.

Hiddink himself did not seem too fazed by the series of results his national side have endured as of late.

“We have to keep our emotions in check and take a careful look at the state of Dutch football and then talk about how to progress” Hiddink categorically stated, according to a report by ESPN FC.

The Dutch coach’s latest loss is a record first ever against Iceland, putting added pressure on the man that himself ironically surprised the world with usual minnows such as Australia and South Korea in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups respectively.

The result sees the Netherlands in third place in Group A after three games played, behind Iceland and Czech Republic by six points.

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