The Netherlands must show their Nations League form was not a fluke

first_img deals 4 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta The Netherlands are at risk of finishing behind Northern Ireland in Group C The Netherlands will have to call on the experience of the likes of captain Van Dijk What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Michael O’Neill’s side will have played one more match than the Dutch after tonight’s game but are in a good position to reach a second successive Euros in what seemed like an impossible group to get out of.Northern Ireland still have to play the Netherlands and the Germans twice but they’ve done what they needed to do by winning the home and away matches against the lower ranked teams in the group, Belarus and Estonia.They’ve developed a reputation of being an exceptionally tough nut to crack, having only conceded two goals in four games thus far.The final match of Northern Ireland and the Netherlands’ respective campaigns could see it be a straight shootout between the two sides to get that second automatic qualifying spot at Windsor Park in November. They have some of the best players in world football and arguably the best centre-back pairing out there in Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk.They also have arguably the world’s best substitute goalkeeper in Jasper Cillessen playing between the sticks most matches and have the experienced Daley Blind at left-back involved while right-back Denzel Dumfries is getting better and better.Their midfield is a great mix too – Frenkie de Jong, who joined Barcelona in the summer, will make many opponents look average with his tremendous trickery and vision on the ball.Meanwhile, the likes of workhorse midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum are there to do the less glamorous roles on the pitch – making life hell for their opponents. stalemate LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The Netherlands boast some of the world’s best players in their squad which was backed up by a great Nations League campaign in the summer.But amazingly, their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign is a concern.Defeat to arch rivals Germany in Hamburg on Friday – a match you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT 2 from 7:45pm – would actually leave the Oranje’s hopes of reaching next summer’s finals hanging by a thread. statement Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:38Loaded: 6.25%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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It may be a far cry from the Total Football days but what the Netherlands have got works.Memphis Depay leads the line with Ryan Babel, with both players in the form of their lives, conducting a high press and giving defenders no time to play the ball out.However, there’s no getting away from the fact that if they lose to the Germans, who won 3-2 in the Netherlands’ own back yard in March, any hopes and dreams of European glory could be turned to dust for this latest crop of hungry Dutch talent.Koeman’s side have three points after two games but a loss would leave them NINE points behind Germany and surprise package of Group C, Northern Ireland. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 4 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship It would be a disaster for a nation that showed the world a new way of playing in the 1970s with their delightful brand of ‘Total Football’ – a style which lives on today.But the Netherlands could be staring at not taking part in three major tournaments in the space of four years – Euro 2016, World Cup 2018 and the upcoming Euro 2020.Just how have Ronald Koeman’s men got themselves into this precarious position?After all, they had a very good Nations League campaign where they beat the Germans as well as World Cup winners France to reach the final tournament in Portugal.A fightback victory over England in June booked their place in the final, however, they came up just short against Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, losing 1-0.center_img BIG PRESENTS UP TOP on target Getty Images – Getty Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman getty images – getty Germany vs Netherlands (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon (Saturday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry City vs Blackpool (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Bulgaria (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT latest LIVE on talkSPORT That is not a situation a potentially nervous Netherlands side will want to be in and although there may be a route in via the play-offs, doubt may start to creep into a nation that has generally failed to fulfil their potential on the international scene.It could even trigger memories of their failure to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, where they lost to Northern Ireland’s neighbours, the Republic of Ireland.So the bottom line for the Netherlands is this – get a result in Germany and life will be good.Lose again and this latest group of Dutch stars are at risk of underachieving as previous generations have been guilty of. 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