Memphis Depay is happy with the way he started the era of national coach Frank de Boer with the Dutch national team. Even though Mexico lost 0-1, the forward believes that little has changed compared to the period under Ronald Koeman.
‘Captain’s armband is an honor’
“I have the feeling that we are all on the same road together. We are still building and I do not feel that there is anything else now. That is special and you don’t see it often. I have one. good feeling at “, says Memphis.
De Boer chose a different system in midfield in the exhibition game with Mexico on Wednesday (4-3-3 with the point to the back instead of 4-2-3-1), but according to Memphis that did not make much difference. A second test against Bosnia and Herzegovina will follow on Sunday.
“The midfield determines our way of playing and makes the connection with the attack. It could have been better against Mexico, but it just took some getting used to”, said the Olympique Lyon attacker.
“We had to get used to the players we had not yet had in the team, because in all honesty: Frenkie de Jong (he was missing, ed.) Is the engine in our team. But we are not supposed to change much to our game. “
Memphis Depay wore the captain’s armband for half of the first game under Frank de Boer. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Against Mexico, Memphis wore the captain’s armband for half the time. It is a sign that De Boer sees it in him and it makes the former PSV and Manchester United player proud.
“It was an honor. I am used to being the captain of my club, but it had not happened for the Dutch national team yet”, said the 26-year-old striker, who thinks he is one of the players leading the way. must take in the Orange of De Boer.
“Not all players who qualified for the captaincy were in the field, but I was the one with a lot of experience. But with or without a bond: I always try to take responsibility and get things done.”
Memphis is missing due to a suspension when the Orange squad awaits the first real test under De Boer in and against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday. The kick-off of the Nations League game is at 7 p.m.
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