Georginio Wijnaldum, Virgil van Dijk and Ronald Koeman on how Netherlands bounced back

Its a moderate Monday dawn 55 miles north of Rotterdam and a couple hundred fans package their way to the Netherlands Zeist coaching campus for a glimpse of the heroes.
Upbeat graph lion and music mascotDutchy add to the feel but before the training session can start the gamers meet media responsibilities .
European Champions Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum, new from seeing Leicester City off to extend Liverpools lead at the Peak of the Premier League, make their way on to the Sky Sports News camera.
They are accommodating and polite, like the security and media staff, who leave them.
Nearby another fans favourite Frenkie de Jong, after arriving sleep following his match for Barcelona the night before, astonishingly lively, smiles as he answers questions to get a journalist.
There is something in the air that suggests this group of gamers understand they are about to end the significant finals hiatus for this football country that is proud .
The final hurdle is a more experienced global squad with 726 caps involving 23 players in comparison to 585 for the Dutch, Northern Ireland, however, Ronald Koemans side is filled with some of the best players on earth.
Its a far cry from the times of crushing defeats to Turkey and Bulgaria. Indeed it is a world Wesley Sneijder informed the media from getting understanding theyd win that he had gone.
In third spot in Group C they are still not there but, as fans in the open day talk of their pride at the group in the aftermath of their magnificent triumph in Germany, Sky Sports News asked Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Koeman and experienced Dutch writer Maarten Wijffels in Algemeen Dagblad whats prompted the turnaround…
Ronald Koeman:First of all, it is the caliber of the gamers. We are always generating in Holland good talents that are large and they take more hours than people anticipate. We knew its a challenging situation because we didnt meet the requirements for the two tournaments.
Its like golf! It moves up, it moves down, up, down [gestures up and down movement together ]. Perhaps it was the exact same for Holland but at the moment were enjoying the football.
Virgil van Dijk:We got a new supervisor [Koeman], we have got some players that left some big transfers so its obviously fantastic because of their advancement and I think whats falling into place
Georginio Wijnaldum:The manager changed and we also changed lodging to move from Amsterdam to Zeist. It was a new set, players of around the same age and a lot of friends.
Maarten Wijffels:At 2017 at the bottom point players such as De Jong and De Ligt were not old enough. Blind was the coach when De Ligt produced his debut at 17 v Bulgaria. He had a bad game but stated that De Ligt are an unbelievable talent. Koeman came in to work with the new generation of players.
Koeman:Yes, it was difficult of course. Weve got a little country but we anticipate a whole lot of big things in football.
Wijffels:There was actual anxiety because 2014 was the last tournament we qualified for. There was not any plan what trainer to choose. They attempted Van Gaal but he refused. They spoke about hiring a coach like a German trainer or Arsene Wenger but finally Koeman came in later leaving Everton.
They got rid of older players such as Sneijder, Van Persie and Robben. Depayd lost his way at United but he was just 21 or 22. Individuals such as Wijnaldum and Van Dijk took on duty of mature players.
Wijnaldum:There was a lot of hurt. In Holland, they are not used to it (failure to qualify). It was strange. Everyone was frustrated and it was a difficult time but we learned a lot from the encounter.
Wijffels:They needed someone to perform it for four years and they made several alterations to theTotal Football version the group was known for. It was too old fashioned. Clubs like Ajax changed. The top teams played 4-3-3 but nowadays attackers play each position and therefore are lively. The contemporary strikers have pace and therefore are more fluid and direct.
Koeman:Its not always ordinary that you will qualify for a big tournament. We are back. We are still in charge to make it to the upcoming major tournament and its going be a demanding and hard match Northern Ireland.
Wijnaldum:The principal thing for all of us is to get back to some tournament and the only thing we can do today is attempt to win the match tonight and then go for it. We would like to be in a tournament so much.
Wijffels:It was difficult to come across faces for a poster or billboard because the public was fed up with them. Now with Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Depay, De Jong & De Ligt the public likes the national team .
Koeman:We know weve got a great strong group with leading players in Europe performing in big clubs. Its really a fantastic example for those players in Holland playing soccer. The outcomes we achieve within the past couple of months are very optimistic. That makes the team more powerful and the gamers confident. The vision is important to this squad right now as they are showing incredible belief and amazing soul at the moment.
Team information: The Netherlands will not have Jeroen Zoet (groin) and Davy Propper (hamstring) available.
Northern Ireland will be. Conor Washington was an absentee with a hamstring injury, together with Rangers winger Jordan Jones.
After shifting his international allegiance into Northern 18, former Scotland U21 winger Matty Kennedy could make his debut.
How to see: Coverage begins on Sky Sports Main Event in 7pm; kick-off reaches 7.45pm.
Whats the state of play in Group C? Northern Ireland beginning was ripped apart by Germany last time . Expects on Thursday even though it would be a bitter blow, but defeat because wouldnt be deadly.
Leaders Germany could wind up leapfrogged by Netherlands by the end of the international break, particularly if they are held themselves by Estonia on Sunday, while Belarus must conquer Estonia also to stand some opportunity.
Coming up: October 10 – Belarus v Estonia, Netherlands v Northern Ireland; October 13 – Estonia v Germany, Belarus v Netherlands
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 4-0 (17/2 using Sky Bet)Charlie Nicholas prediction:I believe Northern Ireland are punching above their weight for a short time. Steven Davis has held it for quite a while. It is a team that is together but one that does not have a great deal of flare. The kids are coming through for the Netherlands, while Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Ryan Babel have shone. We all know all about Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk in the Core of the Dutch defence. Itll be a cozy night for those hosts. Northern Ireland do not generally lose many objectives but I believe theyll be put into the sword here.

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