In the CCeit Football Podcast, host Arno Vermeulen discusses the state of affairs around the Dutch Team with football commentators Frank Snoeks, Jeroen Elshoff and Jeroen Stekelenburg.
“The interventions of Dwight Lodeweges were not easy for me”, says commentator Frank Snoeks about the tactical plan of the interim bond coach. After the victory over Poland, the Dutch could not make a fist against Italy on Monday-evening (0-1)
A striking example is the position of Georginio Wijnaldum, one of the supporting players in the acclaimed Dutch Team of Ronald Koeman, but now hidden on the wing. “The only time you saw him play in his strength was when he came from the middle. Now we haven’t actually seen him.”
Snoeks would have liked to have seen Luuk de Jong, who was invaluable to Sevilla with two goals in the Europa League-final against Inter, a bit earlier in the lines. The headstriker was only brought in in the last ten minutes.
“In the end, he changes, but goes back to Friday’s line-up”, Snoeks is surprised about the first conversions, while according to him it was clear that the Dutch needed new impulses.
The name Henk ten Cate fell as a candidate to take over from Koeman, but that rumor was weakened from the Dutch Team-camp. According to Jeroen Stekelenburg, it became clear on Monday that there is still plenty of work to be done with the new national team.
“If it doesn’t work out, the surprise is a bit off,” Stekelenburg observes. “If the individual qualities of Memphis Depay don’t come up or Frenkie de Jong is kept out of the game, then it’s completely stuck.”