De Boer: ‘Criticism would not have been tender if the plan had not worked out well’

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Frank de Boer surprised by opting for a line-up with an extra defender in Wednesday’s Nations League match against Italy. After the 1-1 draw in Bergamo, the national coach was happy that this tactical move had an effect.

‘Players ran after prey like young hyenas’

“I am one hundred percent sure that the reactions would not have been tender if it had not worked out well”, responded De Boer, who already felt the pressure after a practice defeat against Mexico and a disappointing 0-0 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Nations League. increase, at the WE.

Steven Berghuis was expected to be rewarded with a starting place after his good raid on Sunday, but instead De Boer opted for a 5-3-2 formation with Nathan Aké as extra defender next to Stefan de Vrij and Virgil van Dijk.

“As a coach I have to rationally look at how the team can achieve the best result. And that is not with Berghuis who has to follow their left back Spinazzola all the time. You can better deal with them in the back.”

De Boer saw that the Orange started poorly and already after fifteen minutes was hit by Lorenzo Pellegrini. After Donny van de Beek’s 1-1, which more or less came out of the blue in the 25th minute, the Orange however had the better of the game in large parts of the match.

Ronald Koeman’s successor thought that the Orange team was ultimately only rewarded with a draw. “I am not satisfied with the result, but I am with the way we played.”

In the run-up to the game, De Boer already felt that the mentality of the selection was good. “In practice I saw how the players chased their prey like young hyenas. If we can do this every time, we make it difficult for every opponent.”

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