Conservative tactics on Saturday yielded a narrow but deserved exhibitionist victory against Ghana. The Oranje tried to lure and then strike the opponent on the counter mercilessly.
Less sharp in the second half, the Dutch were content to remain solid in midfield in a friendly but virile meeting.
The 5-3-2 formation is dependent on intelligent wing-backs, and against Ghana, Blind has shown he’s up for the job.
Against Ghana, De Jong was making tackles, winning possession and letting the Ghanaian players know who’s boss.
In spite of the their clenched victory against Ghana, it is not certain that the Oranje is reassured, because they played against a party that clearly has not yet been ready for the World Cup.
Radio France Internationale (RFI)
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