AMSTERDAM – The top footballers, on who the new coach Ronald Koeman starting next month, should be building and with whom he made the long run up to the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020, are on the fingers of one hand to count. Who as a Dutchman from now on in the Champions League to come out, hear, in any case, in the upper layer.
Virgil van Dijk, the world’s most expensive defender, and Georginio Wijnaldum can tonight with Liverpool in Portugal against FC Porto to prove that they are indeed among the elite of Europe and especially to the foundation of Orange.
In Europe, it is looking for Dutch people who still play a role on the kampioenenbal. The largest group this season is prematurely discarded. The Feyenoord had nothing to look for in the Champions League. Sad, because it is there that the development of elite players are the hardest.
No need to explain that Koeman in this period in the hands would rub as men when Steven Berghuis, Jean-Paul Boëtius (ever playing for coach Louis van Gaal in the Stade de France against France), Tonny Vilhena, Sven van Beek and Ridgeciano Haps now against clubs of the calibre of Chelsea, Liverpool or Juventus would play.
Van Dijk and Wijnaldum have all the advantage of the many contests in the English Premier League, but will they run even if they are Orange inside with even more Champions League experience in the knock-out stages. The parties after the group stages are many times more attractive, because the old-fashioned european Cup football.
Wijnaldum is at Jurgen Klopp, undisputed, and has also contributed to Liverpool for the first time since 2009 the knock-out stages has been reached. Nine years ago, defeated the English Real Madrid, but they came in the quarterfinals of the not along Chelsea
Wijnaldum shows an unprecedented physical strength this season. It is only in mid-February, and he already has 40 games played. He goes at this pace over his record number of duels of 49 (for both Newcastle and Liverpool). In the service of PSV and he played, with the matches of the Dutch national team, added, never more than 40 parties.
Only doelpuntenproductie is due to a small injection. Where he last year finished with eight goals, the counter is now only one meager hit. Wijnaldum plays especially in the service of the Liverpool attackers, who have made sure that their club is the most scoring team in uitduels of the Champions League.