The bitter taste remained in the mouths of all football fans in the Netherlands after the draw in the friendly match for the European Championship against Scotland. Although the duel was not of a competitive nature, the selector Frank De Boer decided to play with a 5-3-2 formation.
In the end, the Dutch conceded two goals in a fairly defensive line-up, and Memphis Depay saved them from defeat with a goal in the 89th minute. His twin brother Ronald also commented on the performance of Frank's selection.
Little to say he wasn’t thrilled. Criticism is pouring in from all sides, especially because he decided not to play in the classic 4-3-3 system that has been cultivated in Dutch football and the national team for years.
Ronald de Boer was among the first critics and did not spare his brother. "Johan Cruyff would turn over in his grave. I think the same about Barcelona's game under Ronald Koeman, even though it is a very attractive system."
Although he believes in the 4-3-3 system, he is not someone who thinks that it should be implemented at any cost. He also believes that his brother imitates Louis van Gaal. "He's Van Gaal's student. He learned from him, but Frank also has his own style, because he learned things from various coaches."
Since taking over the selection from Ronald Koeman, Frank de Boer has led the Netherlands from the bench on 10 occasions. He achieved only four triumphs, with the same number of draws and two defeats, of which he was especially hard from Turkey at the start of the World Cup qualifiers.
After the draw with Scotland, he pointed out that he would not give up on his idea. "I don't think the experiment failed. I'm not worried at all. This was just the first game we played like that and not the whole.
We played occasionally in a 4-3-3 formation." "You can't expect everything to be great right away. The fact is that there were good moments. " Certainly, the Netherlands has not been playing the way we are used to them lately, but De Boer probably has certain ideas that he is trying to implement in the coming period.
He will not have much time to experiment with the new formation, and it is unlikely that the Dutch administration will have long patience for that, so it is necessary for his team to start playing as expected of them.