More information will become clear on Saturday about the availability of Matisse de Ligt, who has suffered a thigh injury this week. “Mattis is a good player with many qualities, but that goes for everyone in the group. I’m not worried about that, I’ll see from there,” Frenkie de Jong said after training.
Jurriën Timber seems to be the logical alternative if De Ligt isn’t fit enough. National coach Frank de Boer is likely to leave his starting lineup in a 5-3-2 formation, compared to the show game with Georgia (3-0).
The Netherlands were not at the European Championship in 2016 and did not win a single match in 2012. The last victory in a European Championship dates back to thirteen years ago. On June 17, 2008, Orange beat Romania 2-0 in the group stage. Earlier she won that tournament against Italy (3-0) and France (4-1). Russia was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Frenkie de Jong was eleven years old at the time. “I still remember those group matches. I was on vacation with my parents and I watched the matches there. In the group it went really well for the Netherlands.”
De Jong has started the European Championship with 5,446 minutes played this season. The Barcelona midfielder played almost all the matches in the intense season. However, he does not suffer from physical or mental fatigue. “I feel really good. It’s something you might have in mind if people keep saying it. But it’s not a topic for me.”
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