‘We opening a can of whoop a** ’cause I guarantee the Netherlands are in trouble’: Bullish Charles Barkley says the USA has what it takes to reach World Cup last-eight… and then wants Spain, Brazil, Germany and France!
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has claimed the Netherlands are in trouble ahead of Saturday’s game against the United States in the World Cup’s Round of 16.
‘We’re going for the Netherlands,’ the 59-year-old said on Inside the NBA on TNT after Gregg Berhalter’s men beat Iran 1-0. ‘We opening a can of whoop a** ’cause I guarantee the Netherlands are in trouble.’
The former Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets player then made a shout out to American midfielder and captain Tyler Adams before letting him know that he wants to see the Star and Stripes take on the world’s best.
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley thinks the USMNT has what it takes to beat the Netherlands
The 59-year-old was caught saying that he wants the US to take on the best in the world on TNT
The US is five losses and six draws in its last 11 World Cup matches vs. European opponents
‘Hey Tyler, my man No. 12. We’re going for it all. I want Spain. I want Brazil. I want Germany. I want France. Oh, they got that boy [Kylian] Mbappe over there in France. He ain’t no joke but we’re going to beat the Netherlands.’
A victory on Saturday against the Netherlands would put the US in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002. The status of Christian Pulisic is uncertain after he bruised his pelvis crashing into goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand while scoring against Iran.
Christian Pulisic’s 38th minute goal vs. Iran on Tuesday got the US through to the Round of 16
The winger, 24, went off injured at halftime with a pelvic contusion before going to hospital
‘We may be the underdog,’ said Brenden Aaronson, who replaced Pulisic at the start of the second half. ‘The Dutch are a world power and they’ve been that for many, many tournaments. So I think for us, it’s just going in there with no fear and playing the way we have been this entire tournament. And I think good things will come out of it.’
The American lineup against Iran was the youngest of any team at this year’s World Cup and the youngest for the Americans since 1990, averaging 24 years, 321 days.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz, a former US Soccer Federation adviser, praised their pace, which forced his team to adjust.
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‘When we play a team with Ferraris who need space to accelerate, the best way to play against them is to close the highways so they can’t gain speed,’ he said.
A daunting task against the Dutch is ahead: The US has five losses and six draws in 11 World Cup matches against European opponents since upsetting Portugal 3-2 in a 2002 opener.
‘It’s a great opportunity but it’s not something that we’re going into it thinking it’s an honor. We deserve to be in the position we’re in and we want to keep going,’ US head coach Gregg Berhalter said.
‘So for us, it’s about how we recover from this game and prepare to play against a very good Dutch, very well coached, ton of quality all over the field, and we have to come up with an idea of how to beat them.’