Euro 2020: Dutch will remain largely unchanged in an attempt to improve
Netherlands coach Frank de Boer will only make two changes to his starting line-up for Euro 2020’s final group game against North Macedonia on Monday in order to improve performance, although his side are assured of the first place.
As the Dutch have won their first two and North Macedonia is already absent, the game is a dead rubber, so there was speculation that De Boer could rest the regulars and give the fringe players an exit.
On the eve of the Group C game at the Johan Cruyff Arena, he confirmed there will be a double change but did not specify who, saying in a press conference that the priority was an improvement.
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His side let slip a two-goal lead against Ukraine before sneaking a victory and at times looked lethargic in the win over Austria.
“Everything can be better. We could have done better in possession against Austria. Up front the setting can also be more precise. Those kinds of things we can work on (against North Macedonia),” said he declared.
De Boer has confirmed he will stick with the new 5-3-2 tactic, having successfully used three center-backs and two full-backs to good effect in the Netherlands’ first two meetings.
“The system remains the same, because we had good times in the game, but we can still improve,” he said.
“We have enough time to rest after the game before our last game of 16 (next Sunday) to be complete. Otherwise the rest period will be very long,” he said.
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De Boer has expressed his relief that main striker Memphis Depay has settled his future by signing with Barcelona on Saturday.
“I think that’s a relief for him as well. Now it’s behind us. It may subconsciously stay in your head and, who knows, it might just be the extra boost he needs to excel,” did he declare.
“We need Memphis to perform well if we are to go far in this tournament. We have a lot of confidence in him and him in himself. He doesn’t get too upset and that’s why he’s such a special player for him. we.”