An absence and a revenge

The Netherlands begins Euro 2024 this Sunday against Poland, with whom it has not lost in any of its last twelve matches, since May 2, 1979, without its figure, Frenkie de Jong, but with a Memphis willing to vindicate itself. Poland also has the loss of its star, Lewandowski, which leaves its chances of getting off to a good start in the German event in the air.

  • How Poland arrives: Four of the last five goals in the Euro Cup have been signed by Barcelona’s top scorer, the leader on the field. The numbers, however, speak of a winning Poland without Lewandowski. Of the 39 games that the Polish team played without the striker, since his debut in September 2008, they won 17, drew 18 and lost only four. Michal Probierz, his coach, changed the erratic dynamic at the beginning of the brief Fernando Santos era. His journey still does not admit any doubt. Not a single defeat, with five wins and three draws, including the one that led to their qualification for the current Euro Cup. The coach is keeping an eye on Karol Swiderski, who also injured his ankle against Turkey and is doubtful for the match. If he cannot play, Urbanski will do so instead.
  • How to get to the Netherlands: Frenkie De Jong’s loss for the entire tournament is a hard setback for Koeman. The entire Oranje game passed through the Barcelona midfielder. But to counteract him, he has Joey Veerman, one of the best players in the last Eredivisie. He also has Memphis, who has a pending revalidation at Euro 2024, transformed into a free agent in search of a destination next season after anticipating the end of his contract with Atlético de Madrid after a difficult season with many injuries. Now this tournament arises amid the conviction that Ronald Koeman has. He is an undisputed starter for the coach.
  • El duelo: Piatek vs. Van Dijk. The only healthy striker currently in Poland will be in charge of trying to check the Netherlands defense led by Virgil van Dijk. Piatek is coming off a good season in Turkey, where he has scored 17 goals in 34 league games for Basaksehir. For his part, the Liverpool center-back stands as the leader of an orphaned team without De Jong, both on an offensive level and in creating play coming from behind. The way you defend against him is also key to avoiding unpleasantness.


Poland 0-3 Netherlands

Poland leaves many doubts and more so with the latest casualties. Furthermore, the Netherlands is a team that traditionally starts championships well. It smells like an Oranje walk against one of the teams that will suffer the most in the entire Euro Cup.


Davide Piano

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