This is the first match between the two teams in five years, noting that Spain decided the 2010 World Cup final in extra time, before the Netherlands retaliated partially (5-1) in the first round of the 2014 World Cup.
“We had an excellent relationship with Lewis and I, on and off the field,” de Boer said in 2014 during their first match on the bench. He continued, when his former team, Ajax Amsterdam, was facing Barcelona in the group stage of the Champions League, “he was the deputy captain of the team and had the mentality of a winner and a fighter. He was a perfect professional. ” At that time, Enrique came out with Barcelona twice (3-1 in the round and 2-0 home).
The new Netherlands coach (two draws against Bosnia and Italy in the Nations League), who replaced Ronald Koeman, who had moved to Barcelona in particular, was in love with the beautiful offensive play of his era with Barcelona. He was distinguished by his toughness and physical strength, and loved building attacks from behind thanks to his skill with his left foot. He was also a good reader to play, hungry for victory and armed with remarkable Dutch confidence.
This is the first match between the two European teams in five years
For his part, Luis Enrique is trying to convey his relatively successful experience with Barcelona (2014-2017), two years after the departure of the great coach Pep Guardiola (2008-2012).
The match witnesses a confrontation between a player and his current team-mates in Barcelona, when he leads the young Frank de Jong in the center of the Netherlands, in front of his comrades in the middle of “Blaugrana”, like Sergio Busquets or Sergi Roberto, while the attacking midfielder Ansu Fati, who achieved a wonderful start to the season with Barcelona, before suffering a severe knee injury last week, will keep them about four months out of action.
Spain tops Group D of Level 1 in the European Nations League, with seven points, one point behind Germany and Ukraine. And it will play in the fifth round next Saturday at Switzerland, then host Germany on the 17th of this month, noting that the champion of each group reaches the semi-finals.
As for the Netherlands, it ranks third in Group A (5 points), two points behind the leaders Poland and one point from Italy II. It will host Bosnia next Sunday, before visiting Poland in the last round on the 18th of this month.
This meeting is considered in preparation for the European Nations League matches, which will continue at the end of the week.
France also plays friendly with Finland and Italy with Estonia and Germany with the Czech Republic, and there is also a strong match between Belgium and Switzerland. In the latest news, France coach Didier Deschamps announced Monday that Lyon midfielder Hossam Awar will not be with his battalion at the international window, after suffering an injury over the weekend.
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