“We borrow players from club coaches. As you can count on your fingers, of the base game against Turkey, only Gakpo (PSV) and De Vrij (Inter Milan) have won this weekend. Those nine others have lost or drawn. A lot of players come in a bit disappointed. Then you have to pull out all the stops, in a different system, with other players.”

The national coach did not fully list his facts because Gakpo had already dropped out before the game against Turkey with an injury and was replaced by Steven Bergwijn. He is now missing due to an injury. While basic player Denzel Dumfries won 2-1 on Saturday with Inter at Sassuolo.

Van Gaal immediately had a chat with some internationals upon arrival in Zeist. Including Memphis Depay, who is in a difficult situation at FC Barcelona. “I spoke to Memphis. I loved what he said. “Trainer, I left here very happy and I’m coming back here very happy.”” To add a moment later: “What Memphis meant is that he likes it here.”

That is not a guarantee for success, knows the national coach, who would like to see the level of the match against Turkey as standard, but does not know whether that is feasible. “It is certainly true that it is difficult to stay at that high level, but we are striving for it. And now we have two more days. Then it can really only get better.”

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