Netherlands and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong shared his thoughts on his team’s exit from Euro 2020 after being dumped out of the tournament by the Czech Republic.
The Oranje were reduced to 10 men when Matthijs de Ligt saw red early in the second half and went on to lose 2-0 to the Czechs in Budapest.
The Czech Republic now go on to face Denmark in the quarter-finals, and De Jong tried his best to explain where it had all gone wrong for his team.
“It seemed like we were tired. We didn’t play well in the first half. It was a tough game, I don’t know why either,” he said.
“This may have been the biggest game of their career for some players, but our game never got off the ground. After the red card it became even more difficult.
“It’s not that we weren’t prepared tactically. We were focused, and we certainly didn’t underestimate them. We just couldn’t get our game going. Sometimes you have days like that.
“After that red card, you can feel it slipping away. Especially when they make it 1-0. From 2-0 it gets really difficult. We just couldn’t break free and I didn’t get much free time. It felt very heavy. I don’t know how. This was not our best game. In the end, this is just a bad tournament, if you go out now.”
Source | Voetbal international
The result is obviously a huge disappointment for the Netherlands who had topped Group C with maximum points after wins over Ukraine, Austria, and North Macedonia.
Yet from a Barcelona perspective it does mean that De Jong, and new signing Memphis Depay, finally get to rest after what has been a long 2020-21 campaign.