Frank de Boer is happy that confidence in the Dutch national team has increased due to Sunday's 3-2 victory against Ukraine.

The national coach will take on Austria in the second group match of this European Championship with the Orange on Thursday and he is counting on a difficult game.

"I have faith in Orange and it is nice that the mood in the country is also good. It is nice that people have confidence in Orange," said De Boer on Wednesday at the Orange press conference the day before the meeting with Austria.

De Boer realizes that things can change quickly, after there was a lot of skepticism in the run-up to the tournament.

"If we get a bad result against Austria, it will go the other way. That can be difficult, but I think I can handle that reasonably well. It's less fun for my wife. It will also differ per player One handles it better than the other."

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De Boer: 'The Netherlands-Austria will not be an easy game'

'We gave away two goals'

De Boer went on to say that he is reasonably satisfied with the game against Ukraine, although he sees room for improvement.

"In the first half we had control, except for a few moments. Then they could have hurt us. We have to minimize those moments. And after the break we gave away two goals, that is not allowed. We were comfortable on the ball. I want to see that again against Austria."

The Austrians started the European Championship on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over North Macedonia and De Boer believes that the number 23 in the FIFA ranking (the Netherlands is sixteenth) makes a good impression.

"It is a good team, with players from RB Leipzig. Running ability,

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and a lot of quality. It will not be an easy game. Hopefully we can push them back, just like in the first half against Ukraine."

The Netherlands against Austria starts on Thursday at 9 p.m. in the Johan Cruijff ArenA and is led by the Israeli referee Orel Grinfeld.

If the Orange wins against Austria and North Macedonia does not beat Ukraine earlier in the day, then the Netherlands is already certain of the first place in group C. The Netherlands will play against the number three in the eighth finals in the group win on June 27 in the Hungarian capital Budapest. of group D, E or F.

See also: De Ligt in the base at Orange in group match against Austria