Frenkie de Jong does not expect the Dutch national team Thursday evening a simple evening is going to get against belarus, although it looks like Orange is the big favorite for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS-kwalificatieduel in The Cockpit. The midfielder of Ajax, will find that the Eastern Europeans will be underestimated.
“Belarus is a tough team, a lot better than many people think,” said The Young, on Wednesday at the press conference in Zeist. “In that team there are a lot of players of BATE Borisov, and do the European to always be nice. It can be harder than people expect.”
Belarus occupies the 78th position on the FIFA ranking, but performed at the end of last year in division D of the Nations League. The team of head coach Igor Kriushenko remained undefeated and crowned with four victories from six matches to top of their group, which in any case is assured of the play-offs for a EUROPEAN ticket.
Orange had a strong group stage in the Nations League. The team of coach Ronald Koeman ended in division A as the first in a group with world champion France and in Germany and placed themselves for the final round of the new tournament.
De Jong and Matthijs de Is the training of Orange. (Photo: Pro Shots)
“We are favourites against belarus’
De Jong observes that the surprising victories on Germany (3-0) and France (2-0) have ensured that the expectations of Orange, that is not for the last european CHAMPIONSHIP (2016) and world cup (2018) knew, have grown significantly.
“Against France and Germany, we were the underdog, but I don’t know if that is still the case. Against belarus we are, in any case, the favourite, and we need to make sure that we win.”
De Jong with Ajax a busy schedule behind the back and missed most recently the competitieduel with PEC Zwolle (2-1) due to a slight injury, but the future midfielder of FC Barcelona assures that he is fit enough to have both Thursday against belarus and on Sunday against Germany to play.
“That is hope, yes,” said the 21-year-old, The Young with a smile. “This season happened often that I have a lot of games to play. I am still young and still has a bit to find out how I best can handle it. But I am just fit, and also with the freshness that is fine.”
The european CHAMPIONSHIP qualifier of the Orange against White-Russia begins Thursday at 20.45 hours. The duel with Germany of three to wear later on in the Johan Cruijff ArenA played and also begins to 20.45 hours.
Koeman will duel with belarus most important in all european CHAMPIONSHIPS-qualification