Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has said that the national team should improve dramatically if they are looking to get a result against Germany. Netherlands suffered a shock defeat in the opening group game against Denmark.
The 1-0 loss meant that they now face a tough task ahead of them in order to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition. They have to realistically beat both Germany and Portugal in the last two group games in order to stand any chance of qualification. Johan Cruyff has said that the national team had a lot of problems in a match against Denmark, according to the Man Utd news.
If they repeat the same against Germany, then they will have no chance of getting a result according to Johan Cruyff. The former Barcelona playmaker has said that Netherlands did not properly use the attacking abilities of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder. Cruyff reckons that the Dutch could have been much more clinical in front of goal had they have Wesley Sneijder on the ball more often than not. However, it was defensive midfielders Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong who had most of the possession in the match. Star striker Robin van Persie also wasted a number of chances to put his team in front.
“They have to improve rapidly. Oranje have to learn from their mistakes against Denmark. The profligacy in front of the goal wasn’t the biggest problem, though it would help if we had someone like Cristiano Ronaldo. What’s worrying is that Oranje struggled when it mattered most. Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong saw too much of the ball. That’s not their biggest quality. Other players should be the ones enjoying possession. The team was divided into two blocks, and that must change immediately,” said Johan Cruyff after the match. Germany won their opening match against Portugal, and are now on the brink of qualification.