Orange and Koeman ‘replace Carré’s tenor with the village singer from Heiloo’

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Orange and Koeman ‘replace Carré’s tenor with the village singer from Heiloo’

The Dutch newspapers are tough for Orange after the punishment against France. Ronald Koeman and his players are particularly accused of being naive after the 4-0 defeat at the Stade de France.

It was not easy for Ronald Koeman in the run-up to the game. Frenkie de Jong and Steven Bergwijn dropped out with injuries, Teun Koopmeiners and Andries Noppert were already in the infirmary and to make matters worse, Matthijs de Ligt, Cody Gakpo, Sven Botman, Joey Veerman and Bart Verbruggen were struck down by stomach flu symptoms. ‘Nightmare after chicken curry’, headlines De Telegraaf, which refers to the suspected culprit. ‘Partly thanks to the chicken, it became an egg for the Roosters. The Dutch national team, battered by injuries, a suspension and food poisoning, was completely out of shape in the Stade de France and had absolutely nothing to say against France.’

‘Orange sad’
De Telegraaf calls it painful that Les Bleus did not even play at the top of their abilities, but a ‘horrible beating’ was prevented because the French did not go to the extreme. ‘Undoubtedly, the Van Gaal followers will say that it was naive to play 1-4-3-3 in France with such a flawed team. Koeman will look at that Louis glorification with a smile. Had taken twelve players from the Orange squad in Qatar and the World Cup had become an even bigger disappointment than it was now. Although that was no justification for appearing so sad, as the Dutch national team did in Paris.’

Valentijn Driessen states that Ronald Koeman is not unpunished. It is easy to speak of a collective failure, but why was Taylor allowed to play when he shows that he is completely out of shape at Ajax? Why Jurriën Timber as right back on Kylian Mbappé and Geertruida in the center? After twenty minutes Koeman corrected his miss and ten minutes later he brought in Wout Weghorst for Taylor. Proof that the national coach, despite nice talk beforehand, was also guilty of the disappointing earwash.’

‘Van Gaal’s message is difficult to land’
The Algemeen Dagblad also makes a reference to the sick quintet on the front page: ‘Bellyache’. ‘The prospects were already gloomy beforehand, but Ronald Koeman’s return as national coach was nothing short of a failure. A battered, but above all naive and weak Dutch team was played completely cross-eyed against France before the break’, the newspaper goes into it with a straight leg.

According to the AD, the shocking defeat makes it clear that the Orange cannot escape adapting against top countries. ‘Holding on to 4-3-3, because it is so deliciously Dutch, is then naive. It was the lesson that Louis van Gaal tried to convey at the last World Cup in Qatar. But the message is still difficult to get across in a country that is partly ruled by Puritans,’ writes Maarten Wijffels.

Taylor the village singer from Heiloo
De Volkskrant also calls Orange naive. ‘One evening at Paris, the Orange acted as the returned football dwarf in European country football. France was faster, better, more fanatical and more athletic, with Kylian Mbappé’s fabulous 4-0 as the highlight.’ Kenneth Taylor was the biggest dissonant. Kenneth Taylor is not exactly in shape at Ajax anyway. Yet he was in the base, as a midfield controller, in fact as a replacement for Frenkie de Jong. Yes, then it is as if the tenor of Carré has been replaced by the village singer of Heiloo.’

Trouw believes that the Dutch national team can still count itself lucky with a 4-0 defeat. ‘Playing the ball to the same color, a basic requirement in football, turned out to be too much to ask in the initial phase. And then most of all for Kenneth Taylor, the Ajax midfielder who was surprisingly included in the team by Koeman. The alternative, Feyenoord player Mats Wieffer, was not ‘armpit fresh’ and was therefore rejected, said Koeman.

“Somewhere on the Portuguese south coast, Van Gaal must have viewed the spectacle with mixed feelings,” continues Trouw. “He received a lot of criticism that he let the Netherlands play expectant and boring football with five defenders in Qatar, but in Van Gaal’s eyes the Orange was otherwise not good enough to get far in the global final tournament.” It has returned to 4-3-3 under Koeman, despite all the dropouts. ‘Anyone who regularly saw the French attackers cut through butter like knives could conclude that this was not a wise choice.’

Despite all the absences, NRC had expected more from the experienced players. ‘The basic team still had 419 international matches in experience. Each line had an experienced player. Central defender Virgil van Dijk (31), midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (32) and striker Memphis Depay (29). On such a difficult evening you expect more from these three, that they pull the cart, let the Orange grow in the game. Captain Van Dijk does gesture, talks a lot, but also lets a lot happen.’

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