With a 2-0 win over Austria, the Dutch national team quickly made it to the next round, but they haven’t really shined on the pitch yet, players, national coach and experts united.
“We can still improve many things. You always have to grow in the championship,” captain Jorginho Wijnaldum replied immediately after the match. Man of the Match Denzel Dumfries: “Things are getting better and better. Now it’s on the way to more.”
“It’s good that we now have the time and space to grow,” said Daley Blind. “I hope we can continue to grow.” National team coach Frank de Boer also believes that Orange should be capable of more than he has shown. “Especially in the acquisition, sometimes we didn’t show what we could do.”
But there was also enough to watch against Austria that was satisfying. Orange squandered a 2-0 lead in the opening game against Ukraine due to inattention at the back, and the opponents didn’t get a precise chance to get back into the game this time around.
De Boer: “In the end I am very satisfied. We barely gave a chance.”
The five-man defense led by the returning Matthijs de Ligt did nothing this time. “
Four great opportunities
Blind people called the game “action”. The Austrians held the ball a lot, but didn’t stand a chance. The Orange match, on the other hand, wasn’t quick at all, but there were four great chances, two of them at the end.
This is exactly what former international Raphael van der Vaart is criticizing. “If you have to play against a country like Austria on the counter… it should be much better if you want to have a chance in this tournament.”