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Enough time for the Netherlands to solve the problems

Enough time for the Netherlands to solve the problems

MUNICH, Germany – The Netherlands would have preferred a shorter period between their final group match and Tuesday’s European Championship match against RomanIa, but coach Ronald Koeman said it also gave them valuable time to iron out problems in the squad.

The last time the Netherlands played was last Tuesday in Berlin. In the last match in Group D they lost 3-2 to Austria. As a result they were relegated to third place in the rankings, but they still went through to the knockout phase.

“It was a very long week. Seven days is a long period between two matches at a tournament like this,” Koeman said at a press conference.

“We certainly had enough time to assess and analyze the match against Austria and what went wrong. We didn’t play compact enough, which sometimes makes it seem like you’re not aggressive enough.”

After the performance, the Dutch had long discussions and extensive criticism.

“Players and staff were open to each other. Then you move on and look for the response to the training. Everyone knows that things can and should be done differently and now we look forward to confirmation of this tomorrow.”

Koeman’s decision on who will play in midfield is eagerly awaited. Changes are expected, but he has not revealed anything to reporters.

But he said he would push for a more compact formation, better aggression and communication.

“And the creative players have to be able to make the difference,” he said.

Due to injuries to key midfielders such as Frenkie de Jong, Marten de Roon and Teun Koopmeiners, Koeman is struggling to find the right combination in midfield.

“It’s a long story and I don’t like to talk too much about who is missing. This is the squad we have and we have to improve, but it’s not just about the midfield, but sometimes the communication between the central defenders and the midfielders better.”

Koeman said the Dutch had enough motivation for the match at the Munich Fuhrer, where they are favourites despite a lacklustre return to Euro 2024 so far.

“We are a proud nation. We love to win, we love to play good football, but that doesn’t always happen. We accept the criticism… no problem… and we would like to turn it around tomorrow and people make you happy.” the end result.

“We take Romania very seriously; we know what to expect and we have to improve from the last match.” REUTERS