Thursday, June 12, 2008

Euro 2008 Netherlands v France preview

The Netherlands can seal their advancement to the quarter-finals with a victory over France. France which looked positively abysmal against Romania needs to play a more inspired and creative match or they will likely find themselves out of the tournament.

Marco Van Basten will not tinker with the Netherlands front lines as we will see Ruud van Nistlerooy ready to poach with Rafael Van Der Vaart, Dirk Kuyt and Wesley Sneijder in support.

Raymond Domenech will have Thierry Henry back from injury with Karim Benzema. Samir Nasri will be drafted into the midfield with Franck Ribéry moving over to the left. It is also possible that Patrick Vieira will be match fit.

My prediction...simple, without Zizou, France is not ready. Legends aren't replaced like cold product and mes amis, it will take time. The Oranje will take this.

btw..Zinedine's birthday is this June 23rd and you do know he's only 36. Impossible you say...well don't tell me that.