Christian Benteke made no excuses for Saturday’s defeat to Huddersfield but admits the new system will take some getting used to.
“It is a new formation, but it is also not an excuse,” he said to reporters after the game.
“We have played a few games with the formation and we have to get used to it as soon as possible, because the Premier League has already started now.
“Next week we have another tough game away against Liverpool and it is not an excuse, we have to deal with it.
“It is the DNA of the Dutch to play from the back. We know what we have to do and we have to do what the manager wants.
“Now we have Ruben and Wilf playing a bit differently, perhaps more in the middle than on the wing. But we have played a few games in pre-season and it is not like we have just come and played this as a new formation for the first time.
“We train and play with it and we have to get used to it.
“I think we knew that the game was going to be difficult – it is their first game in the Premier League and they came with a lot of motivation but we gave them two goals in the first half.
“I think we started the first ten minutes well, we got the ball and had a few chances, but we missed the last pass and then we gave them two goals.
“We tried in the second half to get back in the game and their goalkeeper had one or two great saves and we were unable to score to get back in the game.
“It is a bad start and we wanted to win, especially at home, but there are still 37 games to go.”
Andy Townsend thinks De Boer is not a perfect match for Palace.
“Congratulations to Huddersfield and yes, Mounie looks decent, but the Palace story is really interesting for me,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.
“They’ve signed a coach who has got a very definite idea of how he wants things done, and it is in total contrast to the club’s DNA.
“That to me is a really intriguing story at Crystal Palace. I really hope for Frank de Boer he gets it right and the players somehow buy into it.
“I’ve got my doubts but do you know what, it is a really intriguing watch at Crystal Palace this year.
“When Palace are at their best they are going 100 miles an hour and they are getting it up to those boys up top, they make life difficult, they hurry and they chase – they can be a really awkward team to play against.
“When all of a sudden the goalkeeper has got it in his hands and he is rolling it out to the centre halves and they are going across the box and to the other side, you have got Benteke, Zaha and Andros Townsend all stood up there thinking ‘hold on a year ago this was coming up here to us guys – we were the guys that dictated stuff for Crystal Palace’.
“It’s a different mindset now with Frank de Boer and I think it is going to be a really interesting to see how they do.”
Former Leicester and West Ham striker Tony Cottee was not impressed with Palace on Saturday against Huddersfield.
He said: “As starts to the season go, it doesn’t get much worse than losing 3-0 at home to a newly-promoted side.
“I fancied Palace to win but they were all over the place in defence and attack. A dreadful start.”
Palace U23 coach Richard Shaw believes young Aaron Wan-Bissaka is tailor-made for the right wing-back position in the first team.
“The role [right wing-back] is made for him,” he told Palace’s official website. “He is so athletic, he just needs to get his defensive side right, which is difficult, because Aaron has only been playing at right back for the last few games of last season.
“But at right wing-back, it gives him more of a licence to get forward. There are still bits to work on, with his crossing at times and getting back into a back four and thinking more defensive at times, but make no mistake, he has been terrific in pre-season.
“He is one where he has nailed down his attitude and he’s got a real work ethic about him, and long may it continue.”
Former Ajax man Eyong Enoh believes Frank de Boer will need time to implement his style at Palace.
“At Ajax, you do not just play football,” Enoh told Sky Sports. “You understand it too.”
“I have seen this with my own son. He started at Ajax when he was six and I talk to him a lot about the game. At training, they ask him questions. Why are we doing this? What is the idea here? Why do I want the ball there? They do not just tell him what to do, they make sure he knows why to do it. It’s the Dutch mentality that you have to understand the game.
“For me, it was a huge adjustment going from Holland to Fulham,” he says. “De Boer will have to make that adjustment. I followed him when he went to Inter Milan and that is also a very different style of football. He did not stay too long but I think he realised there that you can have a philosophy but you must also tailor your philosophy to the competition.
“The Premier League has a flow of its own. You can insist on a philosophy and that is what makes coaches. You have to stand by it. But you must also make little adjustments and understand 100 per cent what is going on in the league because otherwise you will really be shocked. If he gets the players he really wants to work with then he will do well.”