Netherlands coach Danny Blind has defended his side after they struggled to a 3-1 win over Luxembourg on Sunday

  • By Michael Bell
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blind-oranje-coachNetherlands were far from convincing in the World Cup qualifier, with Luxembourg netting a late first half penalty to level the scores at half-time. Eventually, in the second-half Memphis Depay netted a double to seal victory for Oranje, but that hasn’t stopped the Dutch media for criticising the national team for another underwhelming display.

Afterwards, Danny Blind defended the display to NOS, “We faced the best Luxembourg ever,”

“Sweden only beat them 1-0, they drew with Belarus and Bulgaria only won 4-3. We have to remain realistic. Luxembourg have a decent generation with players who ply their trade in Belgium and Germany.

“They might not be one of the teams that will qualify for the World Cup, but they are developing. That is why it was important not to slip up. Luxembourg are no longer a team you beat by seven or eight goals.

“We won the game and achieved our goal. Of course, there is room for improvement, but the win matters most. Let’s not forget that we were possibly without 10 players or so due to injury.”

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