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Dutch newspaper comments on Blind's crossing and wasteful Van Persie

Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant gave a damning review of the Holland national side's performance against Iceland, including both Manchester United stars.

The players of the Dutch national team had nowhere to hide as critics and press alike began the dissection of their performance against European minnows Iceland.

As you can imagine, no match report was without criticism, however, national newspaper de Volkskrant went that one step further than their competitors.

The report opens with: ''Call it a disgrace. Call it one of the biggest flops in Dutch football in decades, or just call it the new reality of a changing world.

''The second episode of Guus Hiddink as coach threatens to run on miserably.''

The former Chelsea manager has had an awful start to life as the Dutch national team head coach, and after one win and three losses in his first four games, he has very little come back on.

‘’It has nothing to do with two central defenders, or three, the recipe of the World Cup. It has to do with defending like babies,’’ the report added.

One of the biggest changes Hiddink has made to the side, since taking over the job Louis van Gaal left in after the World Cup finals, is the formation the team play with. Louis van Gaal had a lot of success with his famous 3-5-2 formation in the World Cup, but Hiddink decided to set-up with the arguably more common 4-3-3 formation, incorporating wide-strikers.

It wasn’t just the defence that came into question, however, and Manchester United pair Robin van Persie and Daley Blind both came up unfavourably in the newspaper’s review.

The report continued: ‘’It would be too simple to blame the failure on the defence. Van Persie yet again wasted too many chances. He came just short of trying to control rather than finish.

‘’Robben headed next, after a rare good cross from Blind. Sneijder is not even a shadow of the number 10 he was.’’

The criticism of Robin van Persie, after a loss and no goal scored, should be expected.

As Holland’s all-time top goalscorer, he is almost expected to score a goal every time he plays, especially against an opposition with a reputation like Iceland.

Daley Blind, who did well to create the chance for Robben, was met with a backhanded compliment as the reviewer labelled his ball to the Bayern winger as a ‘rare’ good cross. Other than that, he wasn't mentioned in the match report, for good or bad, but will undoubtedly still be as disappointed as any other player in the side with the result.

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