Koeman revealed whether it is appropriate to compare current Netherlands with legendary 1988 team

Football news 03 july 2024, 09:20
Liam Carter Dailysports's expert Liam Carter
Koeman revealed whether it is appropriate to compare current Netherlands with legendary 1988 team uefa.com

Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman shared his thoughts on reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2024.

The coach also discussed whether it is appropriate to compare the current Dutch national team with the legendary "Oranje" squad of 1988.

"The final result is always the most important thing. But we are Dutch, which means that in addition to everything else, we must play beautifully. Today our game was breathtaking. But it should be. If we lower the standard, we won't reach the final.

We have many talented guys on the team, but of course, we need to win something significant first for people to compare this team to the 1988 team. Football has changed since then. In recent games, you saw that everyone struggled to advance to the next round.

Sometimes it's hard to explain why you play poorly or, on the contrary, achieve great heights. Today we started poorly, but then found our game and began to create problems for the opponent. Perhaps it is worth noting that it took us too long to score the second goal. But overall, our forwards caused them many problems," Koeman told UEFA.

The Netherlands defeated Romania 3:0 in the Round of 16 of the Euro 2024 Championship. In the quarter-finals, the "Oranje" will play against Turkey.

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