Tokyo 2020 - ‘They keep talking about us’ – Team GB hockey stars hit back after gold-winning Dutch call them ‘arrogant'
“It’s an interesting one because they say all these comments,” Laura Unsworth said. “I don’t know that we’re arrogant – but obviously we are in their heads. I’m not sure why they waste so much time speaking about us if they don’t think we’re that good. It does spur us on a little bit.” You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+.
Team Great Britain celebrate winning the Women's Bronze medal match between Great Britain and India on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Oi Hockey Stadium on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan
Team Netherlands celebrate victory in the Women's Gold Medal match between Netherlands and Argentina on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Oi Hockey Stadium on August 06, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan
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And beating Britain en route to reclaiming their title certainly felt extra-sweet for Dutch captain Eva de Goede.
“We have the feeling that those girls always have a lot of bravado, almost arrogant,” she said in the build-up to Friday’s final.
I think everyone had their own personal reason why we wanted to beat them so badly. It was pure luck what they put down in Rio. It’s great that we’re sending them home like this.
“We really wanted to show today that they certainly don’t come near us. I’m glad we were able to play our own game and knock them all out.”
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