Former Everton and Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has slammed his Netherlands players following their 4-0 defeat to France in the 2024 European championship qualifiers.
The Dutch were beaten comfortably by the 2022 FIFA World Cup finalists and Koeman, who joined the team after the World Cup, said he ‘expected more from everyone’ on the pitch….. Continue Reading
The former Southampton boss was taking charge of the first game as Oranje manager, having replaced Louis van Gaal who left the post immediately after the Qatar showpiece.
France netted three times in the first 21 minutes, and handed their visitors their heaviest defeat in 104 years.
Speaking afterwards, he said: “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 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.
“We showed very little in this game; 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.”…. Continue Reading