Daley Blind goes with great confidence towards the first World Cup match of the Dutch national team. The Orange will take on Senegal on Monday afternoon at 5 p.m. Blind has had some difficulties at Ajax recently. For example, the defender could no longer count on a starting place. At Orange, Blind says that he is no longer concerned with that.
Blind says opposite The Telegraph that he has confidence in himself. “I have alternated good with less good matches, but I am fit and have confidence in myself and feel confidence from the national coach.”
Blind then indicates that he has put aside the lesser period at Ajax. ‘I am a human being with feelings and not a robot, but the button is turned. My focus is entirely on the Dutch national team. I do that with great pleasure, because it is nice to report to Orange, where we form a very close group.’ In addition, the veteran has a lot of confidence in national coach Louis van Gaal. Van Gaal is still Van Gaal. There is hardly anyone like Van Gaal. And with his personality he makes the difference. That is why he is a top trainer.’
De Jong with confidence to match against Senegal
Frenkie de Jong goes his first with confidence World Cup to play. The FC Barcelona midfielder is only in Qatar with one goal. “We have one goal and everyone has the same thought. The trainer says that we only went to Qatar for gold. I agree. If you don’t have the best, but you do have a good selection, plus a good coach, then you should always go for it’, says De Jong.
In addition, De Jong says that Van Gaal has sharpened the selection. Slackening therefore does not seem to be accepted. ‘Not during training sessions and also in the players’ hotel there is always discipline and structure. You really shouldn’t be late for dinner. But that’s good, because it gives clarity. That translates to the field.’
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