Klaassen back in Orange after three years: ‘The atmosphere is very different than in 2017’

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Davy Klaassen is happy and proud that after three years he has again made minutes in the Dutch national team. The midfielder, who came in halfway through the practice match in the Johan Cruijff ArenA against Spain (1-1), notices that a lot has changed in a positive sense at the Orange.

‘I can stand out more at Ajax’

“There is a very fresh atmosphere, I felt that when I came in. It is a good team, in terms of players and also in terms of people. That is different from three years ago”, said Klaassen, who played his penultimate international match on October 10, 2017.

In that game against Sweden, the Orange team finally grabbed a ticket for the World Cup in Russia, despite a 2-0 win, after previously missing the European Championship 2016. Klaassen then saw from a distance how the Netherlands experienced a revival and even almost won the Nations League, while he got further and further out of the picture. Under national coach Ronald Koeman, he did not even belong to the pre-selections.

“But I never thought that I would never come back”, says 27-year-old Klaassen. “Hope has always been there.”

Klaassen forced a return with strong play at Ajax under the new national coach Frank de Boer, although he was also an important force at Werder Bremen in the past two seasons. “But maybe you are more in the picture at Ajax. And at Ajax I can also stand out more, because the game suits me.”

Klaassen is also reasonably satisfied with his game against Spain. “I already knew I was going to fall in halfway, so I could focus on that. Jitters? Well, it felt different because it was so long ago. I’m proud to be back there, it’s always beautiful to you. country. “

With Klaassen, the Orange also played better in the second half and Donny van de Beek quickly made 1-1. “After the break we kept the pressure more on it, which meant that Spain could not play as well under it. And in the end we even got two big chances and so we could have won.”

The next international match for the Orange squad is the Nations League game on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Johan Cruijff ArenA ArenA against Bosnia and Herzegovina, after which the calendar year will be closed with a confrontation in Chorzów with Poland.

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