The Netherlands, a country famed for its windmills, distinct lack of hills, various cheeses and fast, flowing, attacking football. A consequence of this brand of top-heavy football is what many nationals have come to call their ‘swiss cheese’ defence. The emergence of golden boy Matthijs de Ligt and the spectacular development of Virgil van Dijk into the world’s leading defender, however, looks set to plug those holes and quash the famous dairy based metaphor.
- by Ellis Douglas
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