With two decisive passes, Daley Blind had a reasonable share in the large victory of the Dutch national team over Belgium (1-4) in the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels. ,,You don’t have to be fast to have depth,’ he winked to his critics after the final whistle. “That’s another way to do it.”
The 32-year-old Blind is regularly criticized for his lack of speed. Yet he does not often get into trouble, also because he often behaves well. Blind is also so comfortable with the ball that Louis van Gaal almost always places him in Orange. The 32-year-old Amsterdammer already played his 91st international match against Belgium. The milestone of a hundred national competitions is already well in sight.
Sometimes it annoys Blind that he has to keep answering questions about his lack of speed. He also often heaves a deep sigh when someone asks him again what position he prefers to play in. Left back, central defense or a defensive role in midfield? ..I don’t care”, he usually answers. “Where the coach needs me.”
Daley Blind is rewarded on this site with a 7.5 for his performance against Belgium. View all the report figures of the Orange internationals here.
In Belgium, the comments after the beating against the Orange are damning.
Van Gaal thinks that the Dutch national team has the best chance of winning the World Cup in Qatar with a playing style with three central defenders. He let Blind play against the Belgians as an attacking left back. Just like at the 2014 World Cup when he introduced Robin van Persie’s famous header against the Spaniards in the opening game. That also worked out well during the 128th derby of the Low Countries. For the first time in almost 25 years, the Orange squad once again beat the current number 2 in the world rankings. And Blind was one of the protagonists.
,,I also like this role,” said the son of assistant national coach Danny Blind after he introduced the 3-0 of Denzel Dumfries and 4-0 of Memphis Depay. ,,I often touch the ball and also regularly play in midfield. It’s nice to play football there with all those boys around me. I think as a team we played well and compactly. We’ve been training for this game all week and we know what we can do.
“Sometimes our game may look a bit hesitant. But that way we get to our possibilities. That way we can strike at the right time. I think our trainer had put the figures well again. And whether I play left back or somewhere else, it doesn’t matter to me. I play where the national coach thinks he needs me.”
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