Advocaat to go back to old system

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Holland coach Dick Advocaat has confirmed he will revert to his old 4-3-3 tactics for the opening game against Germany, despite concerns surrounding the fitness of his wingers.

Advocaat had previously hinted he was ready to abandon his tried-and-trusted 4-3-3 system in favour of a 4-4-2 formation.

The Oranje chief was eager to boost the team's goalscoring threat and find room to accommodate the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Patrick Kluivert and Roy Makaay in attack.

But after the plan backfired in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Republic of Ireland, Advocaat is now ready to turn back to his former tactic for the team's opening clash against Germany.

Advocaat discussed the matter with four senior members of his squad but refuted suggestions that it was the players who prompted the change of heart.

"This was no discussion, it was a monologue," commented Advocaat. "I think this team will perform better with wide players."

But Advocaat has slight injury concerns over the fitness of Marc Overmars and Andy van der Meyde, who are the likeliest candidates to take the spots on the flanks.

Overmars, like Edgar Davids, trained apart from the main squad on Wednesday while van der Meyde pulled out of the session with a minor leg injury.

Another wide option for Advocaat is Chelsea-bound winger Arjen Robben, who enjoyed a full training session for the first time since damaging his hamstring in April.

Robben did make a fleeting appearance in the friendly against Ireland and he has now stepped up his rehabilitation to be in line for an outing against Germany.

Clarence Seedorf, who will miss the opening match with a hamstring complaint, received intensive treatment for his problem in the team hotel.

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