Sun 26 March 2023 | 18:33

Koeman wants a decisive victory over Gibraltar after 4-0 France defeat

The Netherlands suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat in their opening Euro 2024 qualification game against France. As a result, Koeman targets "as many goals as possible" in their second game against Gibraltar.

Ahead of their second Group B game against Gibraltar, Ronald Koeman aims to wash away their 4-0 defeat against France as he urges the Netherlands to score as many as possible in their Monday qualifier.

"From the first minute until the 97th we must do everything to score as many goals as possible,"

he said at Sunday's pre-match press conference.

"We have to keep going.

"We know Gibraltar will defend with a lot of men, but hopefully we can get a quick goal. Our attacking line-up will be very important."

Although Koeman used a 4-3-3 formation against France, he didn't rule out using a 5-3-2 formation against certain teams.

"The France game was a one-off,"

he said.

"I have no doubt for a second that we should have done things differently in the last game. It will get better; I am convinced of that.

"It will take time before we see what we want. This is what we have training sessions for."

The Netherlands' 4-0 defeat to France was their second loss by a four-goal margin in the past 60 years. Nathan Ake added:

"We discussed what needs to be improved. We had to reflect and you also have to speak plain language and just tell each other the truth.”

Koeman added:

"This group is self-critical and a number of things were said. What we discussed mainly was our build-up play and the intensity of our play – it was too slow.

"That was the biggest disappointment, particularly as we worked on it in training."



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