Danny Blind spoke to NOS after the Netherlands 1-1 draw with Belgium in Amsterdam. He lamented the injuries sustained to players but also stated that he was satisfied with a draw and the way that his team showed resilience though out the match.

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blind-oranjeNetherlands took the lead in the first half through a Davy Klaassen penalty before Yannick Carrasco equalised late on for Belgium. Oranje lost Vincent Janssen, Jeremain Lens and Stijn Schaars to injury throughout the game.

Afterwards, Danny Blind said on the injuries, ”Vincent Janssen & Jermaine Lens are the most serious injuries. Lens has his pulled hamstring and Janssen due to sustaining a head injury and that is difficult to assess due to him suffering a concussion. We have to be careful with both of them. Neither will play a part against Luxembourg.

”Stijn Schaars has sustained a calf injury and we will assess if he can play against Luxembourg. In friendly games, you can suffer niggles that do not just go away after 3 or 4 days so therefore players are not completely fit for the next game. We have to deal with the situation regarding the injuries and look to see if we can continue with the current group or that we will call up 1 or 2 players into the squad’.”

The Netherlands boss then stated he was satisfied with his players performance, ”I am satisfied with a draw and particularly with the way the players dealt with the changes made in personnel early in the match and over the course of the match we did not give too many chances away and we remained organized. We are also aware that in the past when we have played with 3 or 5 defenders that our football has not been great and that sometimes we have periods in the game where we become restless and then we easily conceded possession but we were resilient tonight and that has lead to us drawing against a very good team.”

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