Blind find that mentality in 2016 is improved in Orange
Danny Blind will see a change of mentality within the selection of the Dutch national team as one of the points that are most improved in the past year.
The coach notes that a change in selection policy after missing out on the european CHAMPIONSHIPS last summer has led to a other group dynamics.
“That is different, better than in 2015. Here we are in november last year already begun in Wales, after the final, missing out on the european CHAMPIONSHIPS,” said the 55-year-old Blind Saturday against the AD.
“The selection procedure is slightly modified. In brief: in a final attempt I to pick up I selected first purely on the four ‘finals’ that are still left. Experience of the players counted heavily, also, on what level their club played. But that’s not always the players appeared to be also fulfilled.”
The Dutch team ended in October 2015 by a thuisnederlaag against the Czech republic in fourth place in group A of the european CHAMPIONSHIPS-kwalificatiereeks. This placed Orange for the first time since 1984, not for the EK.
The dramatic series was for Blind reason to get other players to select. “I’m looking for Orange to players that provide energy and no energy costs. That is actually the selection policy in one sentence. And of course, quality remains leading. And fitness.”
According to Blind, Kevin Strootman, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Georginio Wijnaldum players who have the right mindset in Orange. Especially Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum can count on compliments.
“Him, I find a good example. I have him as a coach sometimes abused this year. I have him also said so. Abused, where I give him a position in the team. Against Belgium played-ie even a half bred right back,” said Blind.
“His response is: ‘Coach, I’m here to perform and the world cup. I must not be believed, no one should be believed about where he plays.’ Also if we are not playing well, I see a lot of commitment.”
On 25 march, in the first international match for the Orange on the program. In the kwalificatiereeks for the world cup 2018 is in and against Bulgaria will be played.
Was previously in the group stage won of White-Russia (4-1) and Luxembourg (1-3), gelijkgespeeld against Sweden (1-1) and lost to France (0-1).