The fact that everyone is fully fit does not make the choice any easier for him. Since the Orange placed themselves early as group head, with the 2-0 win over Austria, there has been plenty of speculation about the eleven who will appear on the field against North Macedonia.
De Boer can choose to give players rest. He may opt against North Macedonia for internationals who have had little playing time. Perhaps he will keep Marten de Roon completely sidelined in the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Monday. The midfielder has been suspended for the next yellow card.
Still, the question is whether De Boer gives many players peace of mind. After all, there is a long period of almost a week and a half between the match against Austria and the eighth final. Giving the players a rest also means that you can take them out of their rhythm. There are several examples in the past with the Dutch national team, where giving the base a rest did not turn out to be beneficial.
The national coach will give a press conference around 1.45 pm. He may then tell something about his plans for the game against the country that declared its independence as Macedonia from the former Yugoslavia in 1991. After a dispute with Greece, Macedonia has been known as North Macedonia since 2019.
Reception and airplane
Orange has gained popularity. Before training, the players were met by hundreds of fans. They enthusiastically applauded De Boer’s selection. The supporters had come to Zeist without being able to attend the training.
Orange’s training had just started when another plane circled above the training field in Zeist. Behind the plane fluttered a banner that read: “Are you that smart Frank? Keep Grinding.” The makers of the banner apparently prefer Donyell Malen as a basic player than Wout Weghorst.
After two victories over Ukraine (3-2) and Austria (2-0), the Orange is already certain of the group win and an eighth final in Budapest against the number 3 of group D, E or F. Macedonia has both duels at the European Championship with Austria (1-3) and Ukraine (1-2) lost.
History against (North) Macedonia
The Dutch national team has never lost to (North) Macedonia. The four previous encounters against the last opponent in the European Championship group stage resulted in two wins and two draws.
The country played for the first time against the Orange (2-2) on October 9, 2004. Goran Pandev scored one of the home side’s goals. The 37-year-old striker had a base place with Macedonia in the first two European Championship matches with Austria and Ukraine last week. Jane Nikoloski (own goal) and Dirk Kuijt scored for the Orange. The Netherlands and Macedonia failed to score in Amsterdam (0-0) on October 12, 2005.
Also listen to a new episode of the football podcast Kick-off Orange with football chief Valentijn Driessen, Dutch national team follower Mike Verweij and presenter Pim Sedee:
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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