The Dutch team will take place on Sunday evening for the Nations League duel with Bosnia and Herzegovina (from 18.00) with five other names compared to last Wednesday‘s practice duel with Spain.
Most of the new faces can be seen in the back line as expected. Goalkeeper Tim Krul replaces Marco Bizot, Denzel Dumfries plays for Hans Hateboer, Stefan de Vrij dissolves Joël Veltman, and Daley Blind takes the place of the injured Nathan Aké. At midfield Davy Klaassen starts, not Donny van de Beek.
Netherlands: Krul; Dumfries, De Vrij, Blind, Wijndal; Klaassen, F. de Jong, Wijnaldum; Berghuis, L. de Jong, Depay
“Klaassen of Van de Beek was the most difficult decision, because I get my top scorer out”, says De Boer at DeccCeit about passing the goalscorer against Spain and Italy. “But Davy is in shape, and he is a player guarding the house,” the federal coach explained his choice. “Just as Marten de Roon normally does. I also expect our backs to play pretty deep, but the outsiders just as well give the first moves on Luuk de Jong.”
“We must play expediency, make many dirty meters without ball and to make the ball a high pace. Although it’s hard, because they‘re usually very grouped. We have two interests: continue in the Nations League and secure a spot in pot 1 for the draw of the World Cup qualification. I am confident that tonight we will reach the first three points under my leadership.”
If Oranje succeeds in winning the visitors, it will at least be at the top of group 1 of Division A. The Netherlands comes to a victory at 8 points and passes Poland (which has 7) and Italy, which stands at 6. Those two countries meet in Italy at 8:45 p.m.
The Netherlands did not yet win under Frank de Boer. After the defeat (0-1) against Mexico in his debut country as a federal coach, Oranje did not win in the duels with Bosnia and Herzegovina (0-0) and Italy (1-1). Last Wednesday’s practice duel with Spain ended right: 1-1.