The Netherlands are a footballing powerhouse and they are always referred to as the ‘uncrowned king’ by their fans. They have come close to winning the World Cup on several occasions, but have always missed out.
In 1974 and 1978 they reached two successive finals, but both times they missed out on the title, in 1974 because they underestimated their opponents, and in 1978 because Cruyff quit the team and the team failed to beat Argentina without their core.
In the era of Robben, Sneijder and Robin van Persie, the Netherlands came close to winning the Cup in 2010, but lost to a rising Spanish side.
In 2014, they finished in the semi-finals, and in 2018, three of them were in their twilight years, and ultimately did not qualify for the World Cup.
The talent that has emerged is also at a world class level, like De Jong in midfield, the world’s number one centre back Van Dijk and the attacking Deppe.
But in recent years, the UEFA Europa League and the Europa League have shown that Dutch football is on the verge of a renaissance.The talent that has emerged is also at a world class level, like De Jong in midfield, the world’s number one centre back Van Dijk and the attacking Deppe.Although they are a far cry from the Netherlands at their peak, their future has unlimited possibilities.
After Van Gaal replaced De Boer at the helm of the Dutch national team, the Netherlands have performed significantly better.The previous match against Norway showed that the Netherlands’ defence has improved considerably. Although there was a mistake at the back and a goal was scored by Haaland, the rest of the game was very well defended against Norway. And it took only fifteen minutes for the Netherlands to equalise with a goal from Klaasen, and Van Gaal’s adjustments on the pitch were quite swift.
That was not all, as the Netherlands returned home to face Montenegro in their last match, where they had a staggering 70% possession and 12 shots on target out of 28, a near-perfect performance that led to a 4-0 win. The win over Montenegro gave the Dutch players a confidence boost.
Turkey, on the other hand, have a lot of problems at the moment, with a porous backline, a lack of toughness against strong teams and having no choice but to rely on the 36-year-old Yilmaz up front.
The previous performance at home against Montenegro was a far cry from the one the Netherlands put up. Two early goals were scored, but poor defending cost them and they were pegged back twice by Montenegro to force a draw.
The poor backline is expected to take a beating against an impactful Netherlands.
The two sides met once in the first round of the group stage, when Turkey beat the Netherlands 4-0 thanks to goals from Yilmaz and others.
But now Turkey are no longer dark horses and their tactics have been well studied. And with a poor defence, it’s hard to get an edge in a tough match. I’d back the Netherlands to get a win in this match.
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