Over the past seven years, the team has seen five different coaches. Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind and Dick Advocaat couldn’t put the team on the right track but with Ronald Koeman, there was a real sense of progress, the team reached the UEFA Nations League final, where they narrowly lost to Portugal, but despite that, the future seemed bright for them, especially after he brought them back to the Euro Championship.
Although Koeman’s contract was set to run until the 2022 World Cup, Barcelona cut the way and signed him last summer, paving the way for current manager, Frank de Boer, to take over.
To reach the European Nations Cup 2020, the Netherlands qualified after finishing second behind the leaders Germany in a group that included Northern Ireland, Belarus and Estonia, winning 6 matches, drawing one and losing one, the team scored 24 goals and averaged 3 goals Goals per match while conceding 7 goals in 8 matches.
In the starting line-up, de Boer is still confused between Martin Stecklenburg and Tim Kroll in the goalkeeper, Denzel Dumfries will be in the right wing back position, with Owen Vindal in the left wing back position, Matthias de Ligt will participate alongside Stefan de Vree and Joren Timber as three central defenders in With Nathan Ake and Danny Blind on the bench, Holland tends to use an asymmetrical structure in possession, with Timber switching to a right central defender and Vindal more attacking.
In the midfield, Frenkie de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum are sure to participate, as the former provides stability at the base and contributes heavily to the team’s exit with the ball from behind, Martin de Roon will complete the three-midfield in major matches in order to provide more protection for the defense and give De Jong more freedom It is also possible to see Davey Claassen in front of lower-level teams, and if de Boer needs support from the bench, he will find Tyon Kompmineers and Ryan Grafenberg present.
At the front, Steven Bergwis and Memphis Depay will ensure their key positions in the right and left wing centers, respectively, while Doniel Malin and Quincy Promes will be alternative options for them. Expectations indicate that the Dutch national team will start with Block de Jong, given that de Boer is not completely convinced of Figurst yet.
The Dutch national team prefers to press with a medium block with 4-4-1-1, de Boer uses a method of directed pressure for the block or place, where the players maintain their shape and turn towards the ball in a fixed mass, they do not press aggressively on the ball carrier, but control the space around the place of the ball , then they press furiously when the ball is played into tight spaces within the block.
Their pressure starts from the last third with 4-3-1-2, with left winger Malin joining the first pressing line alongside Depay, while Wijnaldum watches the center.
Here they force Turkey to pass towards the edge using 4-1-4-1 in the middle block, as soon as the central defender passes towards the left-back, Depay will run diagonally to center between the duo and block the back-passing path towards the central defense again, during which the left winger Malin will move inside The pitch is more to make the team block more tight, Wijnaldum and de Jong monitor the central midfielders while De Roon monitors the attacking midfielder.
Here again, Depay is waiting for the left central defender to receive the ball and then he will start heading towards him and pressing him and forcing him to pass to the edge, and Malin will do the same as before by moving inside.
After Turkey go to the extreme, Wijnaldum watches the midfielder while De Roon follows the attacking midfielder, while De Jong and Malin are behind to protect the central space within the block.
The same happened to Spain.
When defending with a low mass, the format is 5-4-1, where the right wing turns into a right wing back, the right back into a right center back and the left back into a left wing back, while the left wing joins the middle to become 4.
Once they lose the ball, the team applies aggressive counterpressing, the Netherlands is one of the best teams in Europe to recover the ball quickly in the final third.
In the transitional phase from defense to attack, the Dutch team relies heavily on Depay. Here, Wijnaldum passes the ball to Depay, who falls for the first third to remove the central defender from his position. Depay will pass the ball from one touch and they will launch a quick counter-attack.
The Dutch national team does not counterattack much in the transitional phase because they prefer possession of the ball more than their opponents.
When taking possession, Holland varies according to the different phases of the attack.
In the first stage of building the play, the formation is 4-2-4, where the full-backs are kept close to the central defenders while adhering to the side lines, in the middle keep De Jong next to De Roon, while Wijnaldum rises more to position itself in the central space next to Depay, the right wing rises high and embraces The side line while the left wing falls into the left half space.
De Jong usually falls between the two defenders to create a numerical increase on the first pressing line of the opponent, then he begins to pass vertically towards the depth, here De Jong passes vertically towards Depay in the center, Depay receives the ball and then directly passes diagonally towards Berguis in the right.
Once again, de Ligt passes in the right half of the space towards Depay, and a straight one-touch pass passes Depay towards Wijnaldum rushing from behind to break the opponent’s second pressing line and penetrate the central space and then create a 1v1 situation on the edge.
Here Wijnaldum drops to the middle to receive Tite’s pass while Bergwijs leaves the line to escape control and heads to half of the right space, Valinaldum passes from a touch towards Bergwijs who finds Depay in the space behind the defense.
In the second stage of possession, the Dutch team uses an asymmetric structure where the right-back turns into a right-back, while the other full-back runs forward on the side line, De Jong creates a 3+2 position alongside De Roon with the defensive trio, Wijnaldum and Malin are stationed in the right and left half spaces Straight next to Depay in the center, while Bergwiss hugs the far right sideline.
Here De Jong passes vertically towards Malin in the center, Malin makes a turn and then passes through to Depay.
Again the team uses the center space to reach the edge, here Blind passes to Malin who is centered in the left half space, Malin receives the ball and then passes to Depay who falls to pull Soyunko, Depay leaves the ball to Wijnaldum to create a promising position for the team.
The team’s movements aim to dislocate their opponents and create chaos in their defensive organization, here Blind passes towards Malin in the left half, De Jong moves his goal here to distract the midfielder, Depay starts running diagonally to the left, Malin returns the ball again towards Blind, while he prepares Wijnaldum for the Qatari run behind Soyunko to move the left-back and create space behind him in favor of Berguis.
The team also uses the third-man free style well, here Vindal passes to Debye on the left side, while Bergues moves vertically behind Bellerin, Debye receives the ball and then passes to Bergues in the space behind Garcia.
The Dutch national team faces problems in the defensive situation, especially when defending with medium or low blocks, it becomes easy for opponents to penetrate their structure and play between the lines, not only that, but they allow their opponent to receive and rotate in the central areas, which puts them in difficult situations during most of the time when they do not have the ball .
Here against Turkey, it was easy for the right-back to pass to the attacking midfielder between the lines.
And again here they leave a clear horizontal corridor towards the Turkey winger who found himself free inside the penalty area.
Also in the goal shot, Yilmaz had several options to cross and create a promising situation but he chose to shoot.
And here against Spain, once again, they leave a free player between the lines.
Once again, they leave Morata free to receive and spin the ball without having enough pressure on him.
Van Dijk’s absence was quite evident because he is good at reading spaces and keeping track of players, both ball bearers and those running on his blind side as the defense without him seemed chaotic and disorganized, and this could make them suffer greatly against the big teams.
The Dutch national team did not reach as good a level under De Boer as it was under Ronald Koeman, their lack of playing experience in the major tournaments as well as de Boer’s limited tactical abilities could lead to them losing to the big opponents, it will be their arrival in the Round of 16 and beyond. A great achievement given their many problems.