TThe Netherlands soccer newspapers and websites had a clear idea of where a glorious Sunday was headed. After Max Verstappen won the Styrian Grand Prix and Mathieu van der Poel claimed the yellow Tour de France jersey, it was time for the next Mrs Dutch to shine.
Memphis, Marten, Maarten, Matthijs, Malen and the rest of the Dutch footballers “only” had to beat the Czech Republic. A stopover en route to a semi-final against England or Germany, was considered in the Netherlands, afterwards, in terms of result, the Orange he had gone through the group stage without problems.
But Frank de Boer’s team failed on all fronts against the stubborn and ultra-fit Czechs, making Magical Monday a miserable one for readers of the Dutch press.
“Although the presence of players from Barcelona, Liverpool, Juventus and Internazionale points to potential, the Dutch team certainly have not made an indelible impression at this European Championship.” Football International wrote on their website. “The individual flashes of Dumfries and Malen in the group stage were nice, but when it came to Budapest, stars like Memphis, Wijnaldum, De Ligt, De Jong and Blind did not deliver.”
General newspaper approached Frank de Boer, comparing his tenure as head coach to that of his successful predecessor, Ronald Koeman, who left for Barcelona a year ago. “When Koeman started leading Orange squad in 2018, he quickly repaired the prestige of the national team. Orange They were no longer embarrassed against average countries and suddenly they won again against major teams like France and Germany. Now the image persists that Orange under De Boer threaten to fall again. Void against Bosnia in the League of Nations. Thrashed last March in Turkey at the start of the World Cup qualifiers. Now equally powerless and rejected by the Czech Republic, which is ranked 40th in the FIFA world rankings ”.
De Boer’s sudden system change was critics on de Volkskrant. The formula with which the Netherlands became a major soccer country, 4-3-3, was changed to 3-5-2 shortly before the tournament.
“The Orange squad went wrong “with 3-5-2, he said, adding:” Suddenly speaking of wings to fuel the attack. With all due respect to the wingers, because Dumfries was outstanding, an attacker can play better soccer on average than a defender. Otherwise, the defender would have become an attacker.
“What have we been seeing now, in terms of the Dutch national team, for almost a month? In a whole tournament, Orange he managed about 10 good attacks, most of them against North Macedonia, which had already been eliminated ”.
There were also many references to Euro 2004 when then-national coach Dick Advocaat sacked Arjen Robben for Paul Bosvelt against the Czech Republic and handed over the initiative and victory (the Czechs won 3-2). Bringing in Quincy Promes for Donyell Malen is considered the successor to that infamous replacement. Advocaat is gone, and de Boer should do the same, he concluded. The Telegraph. “De Boer has done anything but adequately with a collection of great players,” he said.
On television, former internationals Wesley Sneijder, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Rafael van der Vaart harshly criticized the substitution. Van Hooijdonk said: “Malen is your most dangerous attacker, with speed, you have to keep him on the field.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism