New Netherlands manager Guus Hiddink will look to kick start his second reign as manager when his side travel to face the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2016 qualifying game.
Hiddink got his second stint as Dutch manager off to a poor start as his side lost 2-0 to Italy in Bari.
A difficult task was made all the more difficult when Bruno Martins Indi was sent off after 9 minutes. The former PSV manager shifted from the 3-5-2 system his predecessor Louis Van Gaal used in the world cup to get effect, to a more familiar 4-3-3 formation.
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While it was too early to say how effective the new change was giving they played 81 minutes with 10 men against the Italians the veteran coach will hope to see a more determined performance against the Czech Republic and he has revealed he will stick with the new system.
“I had a discussion with the important players and we’ve decided to go back to 4-3-3. There was no surprise about it,” said Hiddink
The game had some positives with Robin Van Persie playing 81 minutes. The forward has had a slow start to the season as he recovers from his excursions in Brazil but he will have upped his sharpest ahead of the Czech game with his outing against Italy.
Hiddink will is sweating on the fitness of Arjen Robben while Ron Vlaar, Rafael van der Vaart and Jordy Clasie are definitely out of the game.
The Czech Republic meanwhile are still waiting for their first win under new manager Pavel Vrba. The new man has failed to oversee a win in his first four games the most recent of which was a 1-0 defeat to the USA.
Tuesday’s game will be the 10th meeting between the two sides and it has been even-steven to date with three wins apiece and three draws. The most recent clash between the two sides came in a World cup qualifier in 2005 with the Dutch winning 2-0.
Five times this game has had two or more goals and on three occasions the winner has scored three goals, the most recent of which was a 3-2 success for the Czech Republic at the 2004 European Championship.