Frank de Boer is relieved that he has booked his first victory as national coach of the Dutch national team against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Orange squad was 3-1 too strong for the Bosnians in the Nations League-game.
‘Memphis can handle well as a left winger’
“Of course you are waiting for your first victory”, De Boer acknowledged after the game at the WE. In the first four international matches under De Boer, the Orange squad drew three times and lost its exhibition game against Mexico. “But I also indicated that there were two interests tonight: the final round of the Nations League and probably pot 1 in the draw for the World Cup qualification. The latter is nice.”
De Boer was especially pleased with the first half, in which the Dutch national team took a 2-0 lead with two goals from captain Georginio Wijnaldum. “There was a fast pace and a lot of movement. There was a lot of running in the depths and playing between the lines. They had a lot of trouble with that. Why is that not always possible? If we knew that, I was the best trainer in the whole world. . “
“We have said as staff that you have to give full throttle in the first twenty minutes to make a difference”, De Boer continued. “Everything at a fast pace, also with throws in and free kicks. We did a fantastic job.”
“I also indicated in advance that a long ball on Luuk de Jong is not at all dirty if you don’t get through it. Our own players find that a bit dirty. But if you don’t get through, you have to play opportunistically. that varied well. I was happy with how it went. “
De Boer also complimented Memphis Depay. In recent days, there has been much to do about the position of the Olympique Lyon striker, who had to give up his spot as a striker to Luuk de Jong and was referred to the left.
“He felt very good,” said De Boer. “And you saw that in the second half with that bouncer. That was a fantastic action. That means that you feel good about yourself. I know that he can handle that position well.