Dutch players who took silver behind Great Britain women at the Rio Games have poured scorn on their rivals, suggesting that Team GB are “arrogant” while their Olympic hockey gold was “pure luck” five years ago.
Alyson Annan’s world No.1 side powered into their fifth successive Olympic final following a machine-like 5-1 win over Great Britain on Wednesday.
“We have the feeling that those girls always have a lot of bravado, almost arrogant,” said Dutch captain Eva de Goede. “We really wanted to show today that they certainly don’t come near us.”
There was clearly no love lost between the two sides as the Dutch ensured another shot at gold and then admitted that comments from some GB players after their last eight win over Spain had given them impetus to once again outperform the British side.
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