>>>ANSA/ No calculations, Holland-Austria is like a play-off

>>>ANSA/ No calculations, Holland-Austria is like a play-off

Of ANSA
24-06-2024 – 20:45

(ANSA) – BERLIN, JUNE 24 – In a group, that of letter D, characterized by balance, the match between Holland and Austria almost seems like a play-off to get through and go to the round of 16 as second place. In fact, it is taken for granted that France will beat the already eliminated Poland and therefore go through, otherwise it is useless to start doing calculations and you just have to think about playing and winning. The Austrian coach Ralf Rangnick says it clearly. “I prefer to finish first – his words -, but we should win and France must not get three points with Poland. It is unlikely that these two things will happen”. To make the concept clear, Rangnick then explains that “there are the best third-placed teams, but this is too complicated a concept, I had thought about it but I gave up because, in fact, it was too complicated. The main objective is to get to the round of 16, we’ll think about the rest After”. Austria has never reached the quarter-finals of a European Championship. During the 2021 tournament they qualified for the round of 16, something that hadn’t happened to them in a major tournament since the 1954 World Cup, but there was a defeat against Italy who then won the title.

Marko Arnautovic was also on the pitch that day, who is still there and is the captain, fresh from an excellent performance against Poland. “When I played my first European Championship, it wasn’t great – he remembers today -. The second one was during the Covid period, and it wasn’t so exciting, but this one is incredible, a lot of fun. The optimal scenario would be to win tomorrow and then we’ll see. I started my professional career in Holland, in Twente, and it’s a bit like my second home, I went there when I was very young, I learned a lot about this country and its people, so yes, tomorrow will be for me. a special match.” On the other front, Zirkzee is in doubt, not in his best condition (“yesterday he didn’t train due to some fever which disappeared today, let’s see if he can go on the bench tomorrow”), but coach ‘Rambo’ Koeman worries about it to a certain point because he has never considered him a starter. “I’m counting on Depay, he’s never been as fit as he is now: he can play three games in a row and at an excellent level”, his words. “Obviously, long balls aren’t good for him, like for Wegerhost: but he’ll play tomorrow.” In midfield he will once again rely on AC Milan player Reijnders, who is talked about a lot in his homeland because in the national team he wears the no. shirt without any awe. 14, therefore very heavy given that it was that of Johan Cruijff. “I can’t really compare myself to him, he is a legend – says Reijnders – Hardly anyone can reach that level. It’s fantastic that in the national team I’m allowed to wear that number: when I had the opportunity to choose it, it wasn’t a choice very difficult to do.” As for Koeman, he reiterates a concept already expressed at the beginning of these European Championships: “we didn’t come here to be extras, we know what we want”. He doesn’t respond to those who ask him if De Ligt will finally start, given that the former Juve defender had to turn to a psychologist to ‘digest’ the coach’s choices, nor to those who point out that the Orange team only need one point to qualify. “Against France I saw a team, mine-says-him, that still has to grow, but tomorrow we want to win and score goals.” (HANDLE). .

Of ANSA
24-06-2024 – 20:45

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