Kees Kist has criticised Netherlands coach Frank de Boer and his usage of the 5-3-2 formation in a friendly against Scotland, saying that the system is for nations like Italy that have been renowned for playing defensive football.
The Dutch drew 2-2 against the Scots on Wednesday evening and they had three players from Serie A in their team – Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, and Marten de Roon – while the Oranje tactician had a short spell in charge of Inter.
Although the 5-3-2 formation or the more modern 3-5-2 is used by Italian coaches at club level, the implementation of it by De Boer made another former Dutch international irate.
“What he did is a total violation of Dutch football,” Kist wrote in his column for De Telegraaf.
“De Boer must return to the 4-3-3 and dominate his opponents on the pitch.”
Kist represented Netherlands at the 1980 European Championship, when Italy hosted the tournament for the second time.