Frank de Boer chooses a number of other names in the base of the Dutch national team in the Nations League match against Poland on Wednesday, compared to Sunday’s game against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“Everyone is fit, but I do not choose the same basis. There are fresh legs,” said De Boer at his press conference on Tuesday, without going into names.
The fifty-year-old national coach saw Ryan Babel, infected with the corona virus, drop out earlier in the day and decided not to call for a replacement for the attacker. He has two reasons for this.
“I look at his position and then think: if I put up doll A and then put up doll B, would that be the one I am calling?”, De Boer shared his thoughts with the media.
“I don’t think so. I have other options for that within the selection. And I don’t think it’s wise to let someone from outside come into our bubble again.”
‘Want to be kept informed in the second half’
Only with a victory and loss of points by Italy in Bosnia will the Orange qualify for the final round of the Nations League. De Boer wants to be kept informed about the standings in Bosnia during the match against Poland.
“I think it will be passed on at half time. I don’t need to know during the first half, but during the second half it will be important that we are kept informed. Then I can, for example, start offensively”, said the national coach.
Star player Robert Lewandowski may not be there against the Orange because of an injury. “He is perhaps the best striker in the world. If he is not there, it is not bad for us. Even though you always want to play against the strongest team. We will see it tomorrow. “
The match between Poland and the Netherlands starts on Wednesday, just like Bosnia and Herzegovina-Italy at 8.45 p.m.
Standings in group A1 Nations League:
- 1. Italy 5-9 (+3)
- 2. Netherlands 5-8 (+2)
- 3. Poland 5-7 (+1)
- 4. Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-2 (-5)
View the program and the standings in the Nations League