Georginio Wijnaldum believes that the Netherlands national team needs to change with the times.

Against Norway on Wednesday, Netherlands had most of the ball but Norway created the more clear-cut chances in the 1-1 draw.

Speaking to Voetbal International, Wijnaldum believes the game highlights why Dutch football needs to change its playing style. He said, “In the Netherlands, we are too comfortable, we have the ball and think: it will all work out. But so much has changed in football and ours should change with it. The best teams no longer beat the lesser teams so quickly and easily. Football is changing and I think we have to move with it as a country. We should not think that the possession that we have will just come. It shouldn’t be sacred anymore.”

Wijnaldum believes Louis van Gaal is the right man to take the national team forward, “Everyone knows how Louis is,. He is very clear and conveys that. That’s why we didn’t panic after the opener.

“The trainer insisted in advance that we had to keep playing from our organization. That also resulted in the equalizer. What do I mean by that? That we continued to play as a group and did what we had agreed in advance, together with the trainer. We have to do it as a team, if the institution and organization are in order, we can make a difference as individuals. In addition, we have a team with quite a lot of young guys who have a lot to learn. Van Gaal is a good national coach for this group.”




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