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Netherlands 3-1 England: 3 reasons why the Dutch progressed to the finals | UEFA Nations League

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#1 A maestro heading to Barcelona: Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong displayed excellent composure on the ball
Frenkie de Jong displayed excellent composure on the ball

One of the greatest generational talents, Frenkie de Jong was signed by Barcelona earlier this year. If you still don't know why, watch yesterday's game. This kid doesn't know the meaning of pressure. Under the most complex of presses, he still finds a way to turn around the player and recover.

Ask Jordan Henderson. He pressed de Jong right in front of the box, with only Jasper Cillessen in front. He didn't have a side-passing option and neither did he play Jasper into trouble, instead, he dribbled backwards and turned to pass the ball into the midfield. So, he didn't lose possession as well.

These are de Jong's numbers against England. 128 touches, 105 passes, 2 key passes, 96% pass completion, 5 successful tackles, two aerials won, and 1 dribble completed. Such great passing ability and passing isn't even his best skill, dribbling is.

This kid won the Man of the Match award yesterday and deserves to be at Barcelona and win trophies with the club.