Portugal vs Netherlands – International Friendly: After a first test last Friday, Portugal and the Netherlands should maintain their intentions
When it comes to evaluating their players, on this Wednesday’s match. Their objectives will,
however, be very different, considering that Portugal has been preparing to play in the World Cup while the Netherlands are only testing out their new manager’s options for the return to competition after the summer.
The Portuguese’s match against Egypt was very underwhelming when it came to examining some options, and they needed to have in Cristiano Ronaldo a true saviour beyond the 90th minute.
The Portuguese captain appeared in injury time to solve.
For the match against the Netherlands, they should enforce some changes, both in defence and on the attacking front, with the team utilizing an appropriate playing style for matches where the ball possession is more divided.
Ronald Koeman, the new Dutch manager, also didn’t have a lot of reasons to be pleased, considering they’ve lost against England, not having scored a single goal as well.
The objectives of the Dutch are, however, very different, with the team looking to prepare at the highest level to do well on the Nations League and, from there, try to rebuild their way up to the return to a great international competition.
Their spacing in recent years has been seen as an anomaly, considering the quality of the players that have been available to represent the Dutch national team.
Portugal vs Netherlands – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Fernando Santos, eyeing the World Cup and the decisions he will have to make about the 23 names that will form his list,
is expecting to have the possibility of giving some minutes to the athletes that weren’t utilized against Egypt at the same time he expected to have obtained a more convincing result.
But friendly matches, at this stage of the season, are always very hard to be motivating for the players.
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