Brandts, a former defender who tied his career above all to PSV, coming second in that World Cup (defeated by Argentina as the hostess) was the absolute protagonist of that challenge against Italy, which three days later was beaten in the final ." Bettega came up to me and said: Brandts! Brandts! Let me mark. He shot numbers in lire, in dollars. It was an attempt at corruption. Next to me was Ruud Krol, who heard everything and told me to say nothing, not to answer. So I did. But Bettega, an internationally renowned striker, did not give up: Brandts, he said, let me do the 2-2. With the 2-2 you go to the final anyway. He announced dizzying figures, but I kept pretending nothing. "
I think a draw with Roma away, and 2 draws with juve are all acceptable results if you ask me.I think these are fair comments overall. Ultimately, I think we should have done a bit more to win the title. I'm not simply saying it was in our hands on the last day but that we ended up disappointing with too many draws in some of the bigger games: Parma, Udinese, Juventus (2 draws), Roma, Lazio (draw + loss), Torino, Chievo (draw + loss). While it was close here, we still did better than this in our Scudetto-winning seasons.