Ronald Koeman critical of Orange: 'People are very positive, that surprises me'

Koeman was in Groningen with mother Wies and brother Erwin to unveil a statue of husband and father the late Martin Koeman in front of the stadium when he was asked about the Orange squad. “People are very positive. That surprises me,” Koeman said to the US. “I didn’t see it that way. I liked the second half, but it’s only 3-2. And Ukraine is not the country that will go very far. I’ve seen France-Germany and that was a few levels higher. The Dutch national team can do that too, but it has to improve. Let’s hope they get very far.”

Koeman sees that the atmosphere in and around Orange is still excellent. “But you also see changes,” said the ex-national coach when asked if he still sees something of his Orange. „Couples that have been separated (the high-scoring duo Wijnaldum-Depay, ed.). That is not a criticism, because every trainer sees that differently. A trainer has to take that freedom too, because you shouldn’t continue in line if you think you want to change some things. I wouldn’t either. Ultimately, success determines whether you are right as a trainer.”

Koeman also started in a 5-3-2 formation for the Orange squad. “To see what the best system would be,” says Koeman. “We didn’t think so then. Partly due to the successes of Ajax and the way PSV played at that time, we have switched back to 4-3-3. But I also played this system (5-3-2, ed.) at Barcelona. Then you see that you can also play great beautiful, attacking matches with it. A system does not determine whether it is offensive or defensive. It is the interpretation of the players. For example, where do you put pressure? Every coach does that in the way he thinks it’s best for the team.”

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