Memphis Depay was critical of his performance in the Dutch team’s defeat of Turkey in Amsterdam on Tuesday, despite the striker’s hat-trick in the 6-1 World Cup qualifiers.
The 27-year-old national team performed a hat-trick for the first time, scoring 33 goals alongside John Cruyff, but the Barcelona forward was not satisfied with his overall performance.
“We are often sloppy, especially me,” he said, adding that he lost possession of the ball in the first three possessions.
“But if we start like before, we will make ourselves relaxed. After two leads, we expand our game, and then you can bear those sloppy moments. But we should actually try to maintain a high level, And I am here again to talk about myself.
“After the hat trick, everyone may think that I am just elated now. I am happy, yes, but I have higher expectations of myself.”
Davy Klaassen scored in the opening minute, Depay scored two more goals in the first half, including a penalty, and then Turkish defender Kaglar Soyuncu was sent off.
Depay scored his third goal in the 54th minute, and then the Dutch scored two more goals, putting them on top of Group G with four games left. However, he is happy to be ranked seventh in the Dutch historical scoring list with Cruyff and Abelenstra.
“They are two legendary players, you can’t compare anyone else with them,” Depay added after winning his 71st cap.
“But for me, being in the top 10 is great. The top three, this is where I am going now.” Robin Van Persie became the best scorer in Dutch history with 50 goals.