Orange players question friendly international matches: ‘It’s tough’

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The players of Orange are not all happy that they had to play an exhibition match, just like during the previous international period. Given the overcrowded schedule, the usefulness of the friendly duels is questioned.

Wijnaldum: ‘It is very difficult for the national coach’

“Frenkie de Jong also said something about it at the press conference on Tuesday. It is a very busy schedule and you wonder whether exhibition games are necessary at this stage,” Daley Blind told the WE after the 1-1 draw against Spain in Amsterdam.

“I don’t think they are really necessary, but they were already planned, so we just have to play. It is tough, although it is not difficult to motivate us. We remain proud to be able to put on the shirt and play against Spain remains beautiful. “

Thirty-year-old Blind made more playing minutes against the Spaniards than desired, as he had to come in after five minutes when Nathan Aké injured his hamstring.

In the run-up to the game against Spain, national coach Frank de Boer had expressed all his concerns about the busy schedule due to the corona crisis. There are also international players and trainers who recently stated that they are not happy with it.

Georginio Wijnaldum, who is captain of Orange in the absence of the injured Virgil van Dijk, understands this concern. “It is very difficult for the national coach. He has to think about the physical condition of the players. That does not make it easier,” he said.

Nevertheless, the Liverpool midfielder had no problems playing against Spain. “But for others it may be different. In any case, we did not approach it as an exhibition game, because we really wanted to win.”

The Dutch will play at home against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Nations League at 6 PM on Sunday and will visit Poland three days later in the same tournament. De Boer will probably call for a replacement for Aké.

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