Following a last minute loss to the Czech Republic, an irate Hiddink defended the controversial 3-5-2 system he adopted from Louis Van Gaal.

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hidxeIt has been a rough start for Guus Hiddink since taking over for Van Gaal – with two losses from two games. Originally, Hiddink planned to revert back to the classic Dutch 4-3-3 formation; however, after being put on the back heels from the very beginning of last week’s friendly against Italy, he opted for the 5-3-2 in yesterday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic.

In the first 40 minutes of the game Holland looked better than they did against Italy, but failed to create many chances. Instead, they passed amongst themselves without taking risks to get the ball near the opponent’s goal. After Dockal hit a screamer outside the box to put the Czech Republic up 1, Hiddink made a first half substitution — taking out Joel Veltman and bringing in Luciano Narsingh. Clearly showing he wanted his team to attack more.

The second half brought more exciting football, with PSV’s Depay and Narsingh playing well on the wings, the Dutch had more chances than the first half; however, still remained content to pass around the midfield. All looked to go well when De Vrij scored the equalizer off of Blind’s cross. Cech had his work cut out for him stopping Depay twice with valiant saves.

In the end, the Dutch sealed their own fate, when Janmaat botched a backwards head pass to Cillisen, and Pilar was able to tap it in and give the Czech Republic 3 points in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

Too angry to talk to the press, Hiddink was 30 minutes late to his post match interview, and still found it hard to keep his composure. Hiddink said, “you should never lose a match in the final seconds… it is hard to talk about tactics when your defenders make such mistakes.” Adding, “We gave it away so stupidly, I get extremely angry again talking about it.”

The Netherlands continue their Euro 2016 campaign against Kazakhstan on October 10. They currently sit second to last in group A, trailing Latvia by 1 point and above Turkey by goal differential.




Spencer Steevensz (102 Posts)

I'm a digital/social marketer out of Chicago. I grew up loving Dutch football - total football is the only way to play. I support PSV in the Eredivisie, and whatever team has the most Dutch guys on it in any other league. Hup Holland Hup!