A day after the important 1-2 victory of the Dutch national team against Belarus in the European Championship qualification, the Dutch media are divided over the team of national coach Ronald Koeman. Although a European Championship ticket is close by, the game could be much better, according to the press.
De Telegraaf believes that Koeman should not wait too long before reselecting. "The team must grow if it wants to be a good figure at the European Championship in eight months. After reaching the final of the Nations League, development is required, because otherwise the Dutch national team cannot possibly reach as far as last summer in Portugal", writes the newspaper.
"The competitors are not standing still and to which sticking to old values can lead, everyone has seen after the silver at the 2010 World Cup and the bronze at the 2014 World Cup. National coach Bert van Marwijk became home without three defeats at the European Championship 2012 and after the trick of Louis van Gaal in Brazil, the Orange was missing at the following European Championships 2016 and 2018 World Cup. "
The AD is critical on midfield with Frenkie de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum and Donny van de Beek. "The second half was below par. Exactly the same thing happened as in the outbound match of March this year. The Belarusians were allowed to cross midfield four or five times in quick succession," it reads.
"And not with a long ball and then running very fast, but dribbling. Thirty, sometimes forty meters and no one to stop them. Frenkie de Jong was gesturing with his arms, but he was just too lax. He ran twice First off well, indirectly the 1-2 fell from the third attack. "
Georginio Wijnaldum made it 0-2 in Minsk with a great bang. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"Everyone can make a difference"
According to Trouw , the Dutch national team is better against strong teams and the team of national coach Koeman has difficulty making the game against smaller football countries.
"Much better than against Northern Ireland, the often sloppy field game in the first half against Belarus was not even. This was again something different from a match like last month against Germany (2-4). Then the Orange can gradually counter, with players who are strong in it. Then it can look nice. "
De Volkskrant is slightly more positive and saw that the Dutch national team could win without the important Memphis Depay. "The new self-awareness of Orange is not always visible during the sometimes erratic European Championship qualification. The strength of this team is that everyone can make the difference", is the conclusion.
"The injured Depay who stayed behind in the Netherlands guarantees goals. He became the face of the resurrection with no less than sixteen goals and four assists in his last 26 international matches. But if Depay cannot be deployed, another shooter will stand up with the Orange."
Orange has, just like Germany, fifteen points in group C. Number three Northern Ireland has three points less. Next month a draw in Northern Ireland will suffice for placement for the European Championship.
View the results, the standings and the program in the European Championship qualification