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Too many mistakes by the manager. Playing the matches in Kharkiv (Ukraine) while staying a distant 1,200 km away in Krakow. Too much travel in between games while losing time and the chance for some analysis and training.
The Dutch failed to find any sort of tactic in the last match against Portugal. After their fine start and 1-0 advantage, I would have changed tactic and replaced the offensive midfielder with one in a more defensive role. We were well aware of the weak spot in the Dutch defense, especially in the center to mark Ronaldo. Instead, Portugal adapted their midfield and scored the equalizer at 28' in first half.
Manager van Marwijk should have disciplined his players, especially Huntelaar, van der Vaart and Robben. See my earlier comment, I would have sent Huntelaar home. A total failure as team player for refusing the reserve role and failed miserably as pinch hitter. In the past the Dutch always had an excellent reserve to come off the bench and score that timely goal as we saw with Italy in its match.
Arjen Robben told his manager to STFU.
But that wouldn't have cut it: the Netherlands needed two more goals to get ahead of Denmark. But the offensive faltered even while the Netherlands still had 59% ball possession somewhere at the end of the first half.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
Shocking waste of talent
keep to the Fen Causeway
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