After Wednesday’s disappointing exhibition game against Mexico, the players of the Dutch national team are not worried about the upcoming Nations League duels. The Orange lost 0-1 when Frank de Boer made his debut as national coach.
The Netherlands played very poorly against Mexico with debutants Teun Koopmeiners and Owen Wijndal, among others. The team posed hardly any danger and only managed to create a few chances in the final phase with opportunistic play.
“I thought we were pretty sloppy on the ball,” said Donny van de Beek. “We lost it very easily a few times. If you manage to keep the ball in the team a little more, you also make the opponent more tired. That is one of the points that must and can be improved.”
In contrast to his predecessor Ronald Koeman, who left for FC Barcelona last month, De Boer opted for a midfield with the point back and a slightly different way of applying pressure, but that did not have the desired effect against Mexico.
“We played in a formation in which we have not played very often, although I do not want to use that as an excuse,” said captain Virgil van Dijk at the WE. “It was good for a lot of boys to play an international match, to work in the intensity of Orange.”
Hans Hateboer, Quincy Promes and Teun Koopmeiners drop out disappointed. (Photo: ANP)
Memphis: ‘Let’s stay positive’
The Netherlands went down against Mexico for the second time in a short time. The Orange squad was already no match for Italy in the Nations League (0-1) last month – then under the leadership of interim national coach and current assistant Dwight Lodeweges.
“Let’s stay positive. Today things went a bit better in certain phases. It was of course difficult that many players were missing who normally are there. But on Sunday we will play again and then things will go better”, Memphis Depay promised in conversation with the WE.
Van Dijk: “You can expect a lot from us, that is everyone’s right. We have a lot of quality and can make it very difficult for all countries. We have to be there on Sunday. We will work very hard on that in the coming days. “
The Netherlands continues the Nations League with away games against Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sunday) and Italy (Wednesday). The Orange needs good results to have a chance to win first place in the group and thus qualify for the play-offs.