Holland’s Daley Blind, Georginio Wijnaldum Talk About Portugal Match Up

Quotes via UEFA.com

Daley Blind, Defender

“With Ajax, we planned how to stop Juventus, not just Cristiano Ronaldo. And it’s the same now; we have to stop Portugal, not Ronaldo. Of course, he is a player who can make the difference, but we have to be prepared for all the Portuguese players. There are enough videos of Portugal’s previous match that we can study.”

 

“I think that Portugal are a very good team, with a mix of young players and experience. They can approach a match very efficiently, and score out of nothing. It will be like a home match for them, because most of the crowd will likely be behind them, but we also experienced that against England, so that shouldn’t be a problem for us. We are looking forward to playing in the final.”

 

“It’s a great feeling to be playing a final with your country and having the opportunity to win a prize. It’s different than when you play for your club. We’ve got a great group of players, all hungry for success. If you reach a final you want to win. It’s the first Nations League, so we can write history by winning it.”

 

Georginio Wijnaldum, Midfielder

“This will be a completely different match. It’s a final. Both teams have played a lot of games since then. We will be coming up against different players as well.”

 

“I remember that [when we played Portugal last year in the friendly match]. We had a different formation and different players. We played in a 5-3-2 shape, whereas normally we play 4-3-3. We scored three goals, but we didn’t finish well. We picked up a red card. We had to defend, and they dictated the play.”

 

“It’s important to win a prize, especially when you see where we have come from as a team. The last years were difficult, but we had a fresh start with a new coach and a new group of players, so we have extra motivation to win the Nations League.“

 

“He [Virgil van Dijk] already has had a really good season. For us he’s the best defender in the world. But it’s not up to us to decide who wins the Ballon d’Or. And we’re not really busy with the Ballon d’Or. We’re trying to focus on the team and win the game against Portugal.”

 

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