Virgil van Dijk is satisfied with what the Dutch national team showed on Wednesday when visiting Italy in the Nations League. According to the captain, the good performance in Bergamo was largely due to national coach Frank de Boer.
‘The grumpiness mainly came from outside’
De Boer stepped down from the usual 4-3-3 line-up and opted for a 5-3-2 formation. In this way he wanted to prevent the Netherlands from being surprised again by the attacking game of Italy, as was the case last month during the first game in Amsterdam, when they lost 0-1.
“The trainer has handled it well,” said Van Dijk to the WE. “All credits to him. We have trained well on this for the past two days. We knew it had to be different than in the previous meeting with the Italians, because then we were not involved.”
“Today we delivered a good performance that we can build on in the next international period. We were well organized and worked very hard. We could have played it a few times better on the counter in the second half.”
De Boer could also use a success, because he had a bad first week as national coach. The Netherlands lost the exhibition game against Mexico (0-1) on Wednesday and did not get further than a draw in the Nations League game against Bosnia and Herzegovina (0-0) on Sunday, which increased the criticism.
“The grumpiness mainly came from outside,” said Van Dijk. “That may also be logical, because we have set a certain expectations. We reached the final of the Nations League, it all went well, but there may be a lesser pot in between.”
“Everyone may be critical. We really know when things are going badly and when things can be improved. The atmosphere in the group has always been good. We have created a good mentality in recent years, with which we will continue to do so in the future. be able to achieve success. “
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