Podcast: Euro 2020 – Three out of three ain’t bad

Three matches into Euro 2020, things are going well for the Netherlands, with three wins in the bag. But just how good have they really been?

To start off with, we take a look at each of the three matches individually, assessing the performances and picking out the strengths and weaknesses of the team in them.

When it comes to weaknesses, the biggest one is undoubtedly how vulnerable we have been to counter-attacks. That’s in large part due to a lack of defensive protection from the midfield, and with Marten de Roon and Ryan Gravenberch both failing to do that job well, just how do we fix things? Hint: it rhymes with wind.

In attack, things have been much better; in fact, we think it may well just be the best football the Dutch have played at a major tournament since Euro 2008. That being said, there are still question marks. Specifically, regarding who should partner Memphis Depay.

Wout Weghorst scored against Ukraine, works hard off the ball and his physicality offers us a lot, but Donyell Malen was excellent against Austria and North Macedonia, getting two assists and looking a real threat. Who should get the nod? That depends on the opposition, in our eyes.

We then pick out the Oranje players that have stood out to us at this tournament before taking a look ahead to the next round and debating whether we could beat Portugal, our most likely next opponents.

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