Johan Cruyff has urged Netherlands to show significant improvement if they want to survive the ‘Group of Death’ at Euro 2012.
The Dutch were beaten 1-0 by Denmark on Saturday in their Group B opener after wasting several opportunities.
Cruyff said manager Bert van Marwijk had to make a number of adjustments, especially in midfield, against Germany on Wednesday and make the most of Wesley Sneijder’s abilities.
“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,” he wrote in his weekly column for De Telegraaf.
“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. There was so much space between the two blocks that Wesley Sneijder had to drop deep, and was playing about 25 metres behind the attackers.
“And he then had to make long runs forward again to support the attackers. That’s very difficult. That’s exhausting for Sneijder, and the attackers don’t operate well, either.”
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