Ronald Koeman after the defeat against France: Not the team I had in mind to put out
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In last night's match against France, the Netherlands looked harmless and helpless, and in the end, they were defeated by a score of 4:0. The coach of the Netherlands, Ronald Koeman, could not be satisfied with the performance of his players.
Ronald pointed out his team's mistakes and where they made the most mistakes. ‘Of course in football you can make mistakes, but just look at the first goal. They were waiting for that. We lost the ball 20 metres from our own goal!
After seven minutes you are 2-0 down and then they can play the game they want. They waited for the moments and countered. It’s about us making mistakes in places where you should never make them. After 3-0 it’s usually over, we had no chance.
Knowing who you’re playing against as well you’re then even afraid that it will be a very big result.' - he said, as quoted by metro.co.uk
Ronald Koeman talks about his team
Koeman expected much more from his team.
France imposed its pace from the very start and showed why they were the finalists of the previous two World Cups. ‘We showed very little in this game, I didn’t expect such a gap. It’s not the team I had in mind to put out, but you know the circumstances.
But I don’t want to find excuses for this mediocre performance. We should have been a lot more aggressive and made fewer mistakes. There was nothing very positive today. We showed big lapses in all areas of the game. I expected more from everyone.
It was a team performance that was below average against a very strong opponent, that’s why you get this difference.’ The Dutch expert emphasized that he will talk to the players and understand where they made the most mistakes.
‘We expect a reaction on Monday [against Gibraltar]. We will analyse where things were wrong, but the players also know that. We shouldn’t dwell on this for too long. I think it can work out positively. The players know their place again.’