National coach Frank de Boer saw a match with two faces in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Wednesday. After a rough start, the Dutch national team recovered well and could have done even more than the 1-1 draw.
‘It’s great that players seize their chance’
“We started with difficulty, certainly”, De Boer, who saw Spain open the score after fifteen minutes, admitted to the WE. “We didn’t cover well, that bothered me a bit. And Spain played well between the lines.”
“After the break you see that we do that much better and therefore get better in the duels and become more dangerous. That was the big difference between the first and the second half.”
After the restart, the Netherlands only needed two minutes to reach the same level via Donny van de Beek. The assist came from Owen Wijndal, who only played his second international match.
“Owen was fantastic today”, De Boer praised AZ’s left back. “He has completely shaken off his hesitation after his debut against Mexico. And he still faced tough opponents.”
AZ player Owen Wijndal assisted Donny van de Beek’s equalizer. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Wijndal was one of the players who got a chance in the exhibition game, which serves as preparation for the upcoming Nations League games against Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sunday) and Poland (Wednesday, October 18).
“He certainly makes it more difficult for me to make choices, but that is also the best. That the guys who have to show themselves in these kinds of competitions do the same.”
Despite the resilience that Orange showed, de Boer is still waiting for his first victory after four international matches. Never before has a new national coach been deprived of a victory for so long.
For Ronald Koeman’s successor, this is no reason to panic. “But of course you want a victory as soon as possible. Let’s do that against Bosnia.”