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France won’t want to face Netherlands in Euro 2022 quarter-finals

Netherlands coach Mark Parsons has insisted that an in-form France won’t wish to face his group within the quarter-finals at Euro 2022, regardless of reaching the knockout rounds as a bunch runner-up.

Purpose distinction was the one factor that separated the reigning champions and Sweden within the closing standings after large wins over Switzerland and Portugal respectively within the closing spherical of video games.

The Dutch squad has important expertise on the highest stage, with quite a few survivors from the Euro 2017 successful group and the aspect that reached the 2019 World Cup closing. Parsons additionally identified earlier on this event the success his gamers have had at membership stage just lately.

“France are a prime opponent and so are we. They gained’t wish to play us,” Parsons stated.

“We had a recreation [against them] in February and the end result was poor. I seemed on the gamers they usually stated the areas and alternatives had been there, we simply didn’t execute. You generally lose a recreation and other people will look this manner, however inside minutes of the whistle, we had been trying [the other] manner.”

Regardless of not but managing to place collectively a refined efficiency over a full 90 minutes at Euro 2022, Parsons has additionally backed his gamers to step up for the event.

“I like this group extra in large video games towards large opponents greater than some other video games. They develop 10 ft taller and are able to play on the prime of their recreation,” he declared.

Parsons had beforehand advised it mattered little who Netherlands would face.

“There isn’t any straightforward path. We’re right here to develop and for the last word prize. We now have to sit down there and discover methods we’ll beat everybody,” he had stated after the Dutch beat Portugal on matchday two.

Such feedback had been echoed on the time by midfielder Damaris Egurrola.

“No matter comes, I feel this group is prepared,” she defined. “I’m not likely scared about anybody as a result of I’ve 100% confidence within the group, the workers, everybody. I don’t actually care who’s going to return [in the quarter-finals], we are able to face whoever.”

Egurrola got here into the aspect for the Portugal instead of Euro 2017 and 2019 World Cup veteran Jackie Groenen after she had examined optimistic for Covid-19. Regardless of an absence of expertise at this stage, Egurrola made an enormous contribution and was named participant of the match, earlier than subsequently making manner for Groenen to return towards Switzerland.

Vivianne Miedema has additionally been lacking due to Covid-19, whereas Daphne van Domselaar is doing a stellar job in aim instead of the injured Sari van Veenendaal.

Midfielder Sherida Spitse has praised the depth of the squad to return via the setbacks.

“I’m actually pleased with how the entire group has finished within the group,” she stated. “Now we now have the following recreation towards France. [Depth] makes us so robust, not solely the primary XI that’s beginning, but additionally the gamers coming in and the type of vitality they’re bringing for us – that’s crucial factor.”

Netherlands will place France within the final of the 4 quarter-finals on 23 July, travelling to Rotherham from their group base in Manchester.

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