Dutch Women's Soccer Team Triumphs Over Pitch Troubles
Despite facing training pitch troubles, the Netherlands women's national soccer team remains focused on their opening match of the Women's World Cup against newcomers Portugal. Coach Andries Jonker expressed his frustration with FIFA, criticizing the global soccer federation for providing a subpar training pitch for his team, calling it "amateurish." The field they were given measured only 70 meters by 50 meters, forcing them to play nine against nine, which was far from ideal for their preparations.
However, with the opening match fast approaching, Jonker and his team have decided to put the training pitch issue behind them and concentrate solely on their upcoming game against Portugal. They are determined to make a strong start to their World Cup campaign and are not letting the earlier training difficulties affect their mindset.
Sherida Spitse, the team captain, echoed the sentiments of her coach, emphasizing that the team has adapted well to the situation and remained flexible throughout the challenges they faced during training. She expressed confidence in their ability to perform at their best on the matchday, using the resources available to them effectively.
One significant setback for the Dutch team is the absence of their all-time leading scorer, Vivianne Miedema, who suffered a torn ACL while playing for Arsenal in December. Her absence poses a considerable challenge for the squad, but they are determined to overcome it and focus on their immediate task, which is securing a victory in their opening match against Portugal.
Looking ahead, the Netherlands are aware of the importance of each match in the group stage. Their encounter with reigning champions, the United States, looms on July 27, but Jonker insists that they cannot afford to overlook their first match against Portugal. He emphasized that this opening fixture has been the focus of their preparations since June 19, and winning it will set the right tone for their World Cup journey.
In addition to Portugal, the Netherlands will face Vietnam in their final group game on August 1. Portugal, on the other hand, will play Vietnam on July 27 before facing the United States on August 1.
As the Women's World Cup kicks off, all teams are eager to prove themselves on the international stage, and the Dutch squad, despite their training pitch troubles, are determined to showcase their talent and ambition throughout the tournament.