The Dutch team has not been able to win a direct victory at Louis van Gaal‘s return as a national coach. On a visit to Norway, 1-1 was played. Football First puts five conclusions in a row.
Bijlow passes test Van Gaal decided to put a debutant under the bar against Norway immediately. That certainly didn’t work bad: Bijlow showed himself and was one of the stars at Orange. It seems likely that the Feyenoord Goalie is defending the goal of the Dutch team in the coming years. Important condition is that the injury-prone Bijlow stays fit.
Possibly second Feyenoord debutant in next game The odds are good to see another Feyenoord debutant at work against Montenegro on Saturday. Daley Blind grabbed yellow against Norway and was suspended, normally releasing a spot for Tyrell Malacia in the Orange defense. Van Gaal could also choose to draw Nathan Aké as a left-back.
Berghuis falls out of check It didn‘t really want to raft in front of the left leg in his first weeks at Ajax, but also at Oranje Berghuis played far below his level on Wednesday. The 29-year-old attacker did not manage to use a good passing movement. Berghuis was also exchanged in peace. Will Donyell Malen have a chance against Montenegro to show himself from the kick off? At least it has all the appearance of that.
Orange is at the head position miss Competitor Turkey has also played a draw on Wednesday night, against Montenegro. So if the Orange had won at Norway, Van Gaal and co. would be the first place in the World Cup Qualifying Pool. That has not succeeded, and this will put more pressure on the other two interlands this week. Only the leading position gives the right to a direct World Cup ticket, while Turkey, Orange, Montenegro and Norway can all become first.
4-3-3 did not deliver a desired result Last summer there was much to do about the 5-3-2 system in which Frank de Boer played with the Dutch team. Van Gaal decided to go back to 4-3-3 at his first game and although the Oranje didn’t happen bad, the team‘s performance was insufficient for the win. The Netherlands was particularly vulnerable in the back. Van Gaal will have to tinker with his tactics in the next few days.
(Nordin’t Hart/soccer first)