Netherlands Must Alter Tactics

Netherlands played great attacking soccer and outplayed Denmark, but lost 1-0 on Saturday.

The Dutch didn’t take their chances well and were unlucky at moments.

Netherlands next match is Wednesday against Germany, who defeated Portugal 1-0 on a second half goal from Mario Gomez. Netherlands must bounce back and they might be better suited if they change their formation.

Netherlands had trouble in front of net, but they have a consistent goal scorer who sat on the bench for 70 minutes. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored 44 goals in all competitions for Schalke this season. The consensus from the Dutch is to have Huntelaar and Van Persie both starting. Fans have been angry with Bert Van Marwijk, who continues to play a 4-2-3-1 formation that is so common in international soccer.

Mark Van Bommel and Nigel de Jong make up the defensive midfield that plays in front of back line. They do well to help an inconsistent Dutch defense, but aren’t the players that will find the back of the net.

Netherlands have the players to give a Germany defense problems on Wednesday if they play a 4-4-2 formation. De Jong could come out and make way for Huntelaar, who can create a lethal duo with Van Persie. Ibrahim Affelay was average on Saturday, so Van Marwijk could insert Dirk Kuyt at left midfield to deal with Germany’s Thomas Muller.

Denmark could have not asked for a better start to the tournament. Michael Krohn-Dehli scored the first half goal against the run of play. The Danes meet a desperate Portugal team on Wednesday.

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