Frank de Boer is fairly glad with the draw for the qualifying collection for the 2022 World Cup, which pegged the Netherlands to Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar on Monday. But the nationwide coach can also be on his guard.
‘Going immediately in opposition to Turkey can be good’
“It’s not a pool of demise, however there may be additionally no pool of demise. In each pool the group chief is my favourite”, mentioned De Boer in a response to the draw, which was carried out by Rafael van der Vaart, amongst others in Zurich.
“However after all you do not simply stroll throughout Turkey and Norway. Turkey is an efficient soccer nation with new abilities and after I consider Norway I shortly consider Erling Haaland and Martin Ødegaard.”
With Montenegro and Gibraltar, Orange meets two nations with which it has no historical past. “Montenegro and Latvia may also play from a great group and we have now to work on our purpose distinction in opposition to Gibraltar,” mentioned De Boer.
The Netherlands already knew upfront that it will be in pot 1 within the draw and due to this fact wouldn’t hit high nations. The primary video games are on the finish of March and FIFA will in all probability announce the precise schedule on Tuesday.
“A immediately in opposition to Turkey can be good, as a result of by then there may nonetheless be no spectators welcome. I might additionally wish to play in opposition to Norway in March,” mentioned De Boer.
“I’m glad we didn’t hit nations like Switzerland, Sweden and Russia. And we had been spared lengthy journeys to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. We all know the place we stand. We will get began.”
De Boer is ready for a lot of necessary matches in 2021, as a result of the European Championship begins in June. Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia are the opponents of Orange within the group section.