Wednesday October 14 2020
Salsano: 'Didn't expect Dutch changes'

Member of Roberto Mancini’s Italy staff Fausto Salsano admits they ‘didn’t expect’ the revamped Netherlands team.

The Nations League clash kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT).

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There were a few surprises in the Dutch XI from Frank de Boer, with Danny Blind seemingly moved to midfield and Luuk de Jong as a genuine centre-forward.

“We didn’t expect it. Evidently the defeat in the first leg hurt them and, as far as we can see, they have also changed system,” Salsano told RAI Sport.

“From the players we saw in the list, we get the sensation it’s more of a 3-5-2, but we’ll see when we get out there.”

The Netherlands were expected to play 4-3-3 or even 4-2-3-1.

Italy won 1-0 in Amsterdam when these sides met in the Nations League last month.

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