Netherlands: the probable compositions


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The lost World Cup final is behind the Blues now. The disappointment is swallowed, we must start again with the qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 which starts this evening with the reception of the Netherlands at the Stade de France (8:45 p.m.). It is also a new era which opens since Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda and Raphaël Varane have retired from international football. They will also be celebrated by the public. The new captain is called Kylian Mbappé, preferred this week to Antoine Griezmann by the coach.

A coach who also opens a new chapter with the Blues. He should align a 4-3-3 tonight, based on a system and certainties validated during the World Cup. Mike Maignan will be present in goal and will have the heavy task of succeeding the most capped player in the history of the France team. He will be protected by a defense that is starting to get to know each other well since they were all in Qatar. Koundé and Theo Hernandez are announced on the sides, between a hinge composed of Konaté and Upamecano.

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In midfield, vice-captain Griezmann should start, associated with a Tchouaméni located a little lower, while Rabiot would occupy the left axis of the midfield. It is the same midfielder who took the Blues to the final. Finally in front, a trio is expected with Coman on the right side, Mbappé on the left and probably Randal Kolo Muani in the number 9 position. The Eintracht Frankfurt player would be preferred to start Olivier Giroud, the top scorer in the history of the France team.

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Opposite, Ronald Koeman, who returns to the head of the Oranje, would rely on a 4-3-3 also with some changes compared to what had been announced. A virus left 5 elements on the floor and not the least since Botman, Gakpo, de Ligt, Veerman and Verbruggen are all absent. Cillessen is announced to start behind a defense composed from right to left of Geertruida, Timber, Van Dijk and Aké. In the midfield, Wieffer is expected to team up with De Roon and PSG player on loan to Roma, Wijnaldum. Berghuis and Depay would be Wout Weghorst’s ball carriers.

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