Van Marwijk: Increasing pressure on top players
Bert van Marwijk sees too many “sorry, can’t come” messages on his phone. These last weeks, he got little texts from Afellay, Stekelenburg, Heitinga and Sneijder. The former Feyenoord coach doesn’t see any change until the international bodies start to finetune the international match calender.
“I believe top players are able to play three games a week,” he said when presenting the squad for the Moldavia and Sweden games. “But they will need a couple of weeks total rest every year.”
In the current situation top players are required to travel with their national teams. Whenever the winner of the World Cup, Euro Cup or Copa America is known, the clubs are already in their season’s warm up. “And it goes on and on,” laments Van Marwijk. “The pressure on top players is getting bigger and bigger. In the olden days, they got more injuries when they were 30 years or older. Now they are constantly struggling around their 25th.”
Van Marwijk missed Sneijder ( groin), Heitinga ( knee) and Afellay ( ligament). Robben, Van der Vaart and Nigel de Jong will be available. They missed the games against San Marino and Finland.
There won’t be a lot of excitement in the Moldavia and Sweden games. Holland has their ticket for the coming tournament in Poland and Ukraine. But Oranje will need to grab points to finish first of the group. “We want to win both games, obviously, but I am not sure whether finishing first will give a real benefit.”
Van Marwijk: “Poland, Ukraine and Spain are group leaders. Maybe it’s better for us to be in a group with Poland or the Ukraine instead of needing to play Germany in the first stages. But, I can’t be bothered. It’s outside of my sphere of influence and we want to win the tournament, so we will need to take of Germany anyway.”
Van Marwijk did admit that he doesn’t sleep too well with the full match calender as it is. “I am worried. Our players are all technical players. Artists. Van Persie, Robben, Van der Vaart, Elia, Huntelaar…they play for the beauty of the game and cop a lot of knocks. Every weekend I worry. And that will stay that way until the EC starts.”
Hedwiges Maduro missed training this afternoon with an ankle injury. He stayed on the pitch, and then limped to the dressing room.
A visit to the hospital will tell Van Marwijk the seriousness of the injury. Maduro was looking at a starting position as Heitinga is not fit. Jeffrey Bruma and Khalid Boulahrouz are able to start as center backs as well.
Mark van Bommel stopped practice early too. He does belief he’ll be fit tomorrow. “I stuck with my knee in the grass when I made a sliding tackle. It felt stiff but it’s not an actual injury.”
Arjen Robben is not yet fit. The dribble king who is making minutes with Bayern left the practice early. He trained separately and only did a warming up. Yesterday he said that he was “bloody over” his injury.
Too much injuries…. we lost Van Basten at 29 years old just because injuries…. the Dutchs player always have bad luck!
What a wonderful game NEC vs PSV!! Very entertaining! NEC deserved the victory!!
I think Ryan Koolwijk, Cmovs and Van der Velden made a great match in defense. Koolwijk missed a chance alone in front of the arch.
I didn´t see nothing special in Nuytick. The other central back Rens Van Eijden played better than him, and is young too (23 years)
But my best impression was Navarone Foor. He only played like 20 minutes, but he shows a lot off class. He is Dutch ad only has 19 years.
Alex, you know something about this kid??
maduro out, vlaar called up.
and Van Bommel too
Douglas won’t be able to play for Holland until after the EC
Cruyff would welcome Van Basten
@primo, thats bull..
The rule is u need to live in a country for 5 years before u can play for them when u switch nationalities. Douglas can get dispensation though so he could, at the earliest, be called up in march-may next year
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So who do you think will replace Heitinga? I’d play Bruma.
i read that he will get his passport in november and from then he will be able to play only in friendlies. is it right?
and if KNVB will apply for a dispensation for douglas it will take around three months so that he could play in official games for holland?
Please play more young players the team need to be introduced to new faces that can step up now and will be there in the future and injuries happen you can’t do anything about that.
Babel should start to play more he had great potential and should play more as he is still really good and IMO better tha Elia who is good as well, also I’m a huge fan of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and I would be delighted if he got to play as well.
Great Blog I love the lay out and the color scheme is it possible to get a copy of your theme?
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