International Soccer Play against Poland the first game after the coach’s departure to Barça
ANDn the world of football, time is advancing brilliantly and there is hardly any time for reflection. Two weeks after Ronald Koeman will stop being a Dutch coach to head to the Barça bench, the first official match for the Holland that he orphaned.
His place is occupied, temporarily, Dwight Lodeweges, who will debut in the position on the first day of the Nations League versus Poland. A tough game against a Polish team that has won its last four matches and lost only one of the last eleven. Of course, the Dutch will be fortunate that the best Polish player will not play: Robert Lewandowski, that after getting the Champions League with Bayern he is on vacation.
Thanks to the reconstruction that Koeman led after the failure of the Netherlands to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, which they failed to enter, the Netherlands have re-established themselves in the elite of European football. Koeman was able to take over from the Robben, Van Persie or Sneijder that they had given so much to orange by taking it to a World Cup final and semifinal, but that they were already in the final stretch of their careers and their performance was far below what they had previously.
Not many changes are expected in the Netherlands, as Lodeweges was the assistant of Koeman during your stay at the Orange. For this reason, the game model will be continuous, with an offensive style and founded on world-class young players such as De Ligt, Van Dijk, De Jong, Wijnaldum or Depay, that in the previous edition of the tournament they showed that they can be up to any team. In fact, they are the current runners-up in the competition, and only Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, playing as host, was able to stop them. So the motivation for this edition is more than assured. “If I have noticed something in training, it is enthusiasm and the desire to do things well,” she commented. Lodeweges about.
Today in front of a Poland without Lewandowski, Holland begins a new era, continuous but new. And she does it with the same goal that she would if Koeman still on the bench: win. And watch out for Lodeweges that he would not be the first interim who, if he does things well, continues in the position. Tell it to Flick and the Bayern Munich board.
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Hour: 20.45 Be Mad
HOLLAND: (4-3-3) Cillessen | Promes, Aké, Van Dijk, Dumfries | De Jong, Van de Beek, Wijnaldum | Bergwijn, L. De Jong and Depay.
Coach: Dwight Lodeweges
POLAND: (4-4-2) Szczesny | Piszczek, Bednarek, Glik, Reca | Grosicki, Goralski, Krychowiak, Szymaski | Milik and Piatek.
Coach: Jerzy Brzczek.
Referee: Kabakov (Bulgaria)