The Norwegian nationwide staff will qualify for the World Cup towards the Netherlands, Turkey, Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar. Most individuals are proud of that draw.
– The primary response is that it’s OK. We may have gotten higher and we may have gotten worse. I am OK glad, nationwide staff coach Ståle Solbakken instructed VG and added in VGTV’s broadcast:
– It may have been higher too, with the group to Croatia, or Denmark. The Netherlands is in fact a tricky nut, Turkey is “Jekyll and Hyde”, Latvia and Montenegro are powerful away. I believe will probably be thrilling.
To TV 2, Solbakken described the Dutch staff as a “fierce opponent”. One who value rather a lot with the draw outcome was Alexander Sørloth. The striker was final season in Turkish Trabzonspor, the place he turned the highest scorer within the league with 24 objectives.
– It is like enjoying at residence. I am wanting ahead, was Sørloth’s first response to VG.
The 25-year-old is now in RB Leipzig, and can possibly be central within the staff that may go into the qualification that begins in March.
The Netherlands shall be clear group favorites, although they didn’t qualify for the World Cup in Russia in 2018. Then they got here behind France and Sweden within the qualifying group, and there was a violent downturn for the staff that misplaced on penalties within the semifinals towards Argentina in 2014, and beat Brazil 3-0 within the bronze closing.
The Netherlands additionally failed to achieve the European Championships in 2016. Then they got here behind the Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey within the qualifying group.
Ronald Koeman took over as nationwide staff coach in 2018. With good assist from stopper star Virgil van Dijk’s massive breakthrough, the outcomes improved dramatically within the Nations League and European Championship qualifiers.
When Koeman agreed to Barcelona, Frank de Boer was employed as the brand new nationwide staff coach in September. Of their final three matches, the Dutch have performed 1-1 towards Spain in a coaching match, and overwhelmed Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 and Poland 2-1 within the Nations League.
– This isn’t an unimaginable process, Bernt Hulsker acknowledged when he adopted the attract VGTV’s studio along with Kjetil Rekdal – the person who scored for Norway in each the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
– We keep away from essentially the most troublesome groups from degree two. This can be a group we must be very proud of, summed up the previous nationwide staff captain.