Netherlands coach Frank de Boer will make only two changes to his starting line-up for Monday’s last Euro 2020 group game against North Macedonia in an effort to improve performance even though his side is guaranteed top spot.
As the Dutch won their first two matches and North Macedonia are already out, the game is a dead rubber, so there was speculation De Boer may rest regulars and give fringe players a run out.
On the eve of the Group C match at the Johan Cruyff Arena, he confirmed there would be a double change but did not say who, telling a news conference the priority was improvement.
His team let a two-goal lead slip against Ukraine before sneaking victory and also looked lethargic at times in the win over Austria.
“Everything can be better. We could have done better in possession against Austria. In the front, the tuning can also be sharper. Those kind of things we can work on (against North Macedonia).”
De Boer confirmed he would stay with the new 5-3-2 tactics, having successfully employed three centre backs and two wing backs to good effect in their opening two encounters.
“The system remains the same, but we can still improve,” he said.