The Dutch national team will play in a 5-3-2 line-up on Wednesday in the away game against Italy in the Nations League. Nathan Aké and Luuk de Jong start surprisingly in the base.
Under the leadership of the current assistant Dwight Lodeweges, the Netherlands lost 0-1 to Italy in Amsterdam last month. The Dutch then had a lot of trouble with the emerging backs of the Italians and De Boer hopes with a 5-3-2 formation not to get into trouble on the flanks again.
The Netherlands needs a good result to keep a serious chance in first place in the group and thus a place in the play-offs. After three of the six rounds, the Orange team is one point behind league-leader Italy, which drew 0-0 with Poland on Sunday.
Italy-Netherlands will start on Wednesday at 8.45 pm in Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo and will be led by the English referee Anthony Taylor. The game was moved from Milan to Bergamo in order to give the corona-hit city a boost. 1,000 healthcare workers are welcome.
Lineup Italy: Donnarumma; D’Ambrosio, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola; Verrati, Jorginho, Barella; Church, Building, Pilgrims.
Setup the Netherlands: Cillessen; Hateboer, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Aké, Blind; Van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong, Wijnaldum; Luuk de Jong, Memphis.