Tactical Analysis Germany vs the Netherlands
Nov. 23, 2018, 2:20 p.m.
It had been over four years since the Dutch national team successfully participated in an international competition. After winning the second and third place in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, Holland didn’t qualify to play the last rounds of the UEFA European Championship and didn’t make it to World Cup in Russia. This was surprising, to say the least, for a team with Holland’s records. Notwithstanding, during these last few years, a group of young, talented players have taken over the heritage left by Sneijder, Robin van Persie, Robben and Mark van Bommel, among many others. Names such as Frenkie De Jong and Maathijs de Ligt echo in Netherlands’ football stadiums -and are expected to be approached soon by some big European teams.
All these young talents, whose age average is only 25, have managed to place Holland ahead of the last two World Champions, Germany and France, in the UEFA Nations classificatory round, ensuring their place for the Final Four to be celebrated next June.
In this post, we will take a close look at the Dutch football proposal in their last game against Germany. We will analyze how, after having received 2 goals, Holland managed to even the score and ensure the group’s first place
In the Offensive phase we see a talented team looking to build their game from behind with two defenders such as Ligt and Virgil steering the ball towards the right places, always accompanied by other defenders. Among them, we have to mention the young Ajax player, Frenkie De Jong. There are many European teams bidding for this 21-year old defender.
Plus, Holland displayed their most brilliant players up field: they are fast, electric, and are always combining moves to get into position coming from behind. They are always looking to shift their orientation in beginning-and-ending phases, taking advantage of their sharp attackers and moving the ball towards the space.
Even when Holland pressures when the ball is their own area, during the first half they found some problems Germany took advantage of to outnumber Holland in the mid field. This happened during the first 45 minutes, when Holland couldn’t find a way to close the inner spaces and in between lines.
During the second half, Holland managed to counteract Germany. After the break, the Netherlands stepped forward and blocked all pass options for the German team, forcing them to play straight.
As we can see, Holland has more than one reason to see a promising future, especially after the disappointments suffered these past few years. The opportunity these young men have received seems to be the key to reviving the dream of the legendary Clock Work Orange that we all fell in love with.