Ronald Koeman has his team on the lookout at all times for the EC-kwalificatieduel the North of Ireland on Thursday. The head coach of the Dutch national team is not satisfied with the level of the players this week at training to see it.
“It was a Tuesday and Wednesday morning at the training times when it is just not a good thing. How can it happen? Maybe it’s a bit of fatigue and maybe because it’s easier”, said one of the critical Koeman Wednesday its forward-looking conference in the Country.
“The men at the front, with the North of Ireland are going to get a EUROPEAN ticket. It would be very embarrassing if we didn’t have the desired achieve results because we are not 100 per cent. Of course, this has nothing to do with race, but I have my own opinion of whether or not to be convinced by a player on the basis of the training.”
Koeman welcomed the arrival of the 23 players on Monday in Zeist, the netherlands, and therefore has not had much time for the team to prepare for the meeting with the Northern Irish people, that, Thursday, in The Cockpit and on the program. This was supposed to do more than was possible on Tuesday and Wednesday of the month.
“I have to be with the boys, moreover, highly individual approach. There are guys who are not playing and the boys on Sunday to respond. The players, as This Is Frenkie de Jong couldn’t have took it easy from Amsterdam, in the car at Zeist, the netherlands, deal with it, but had to be a Monday, early flying. That’s all for now.”
Koeman warns of the players ‘fighting machines’ in Northern Ireland
Players for Northern Ireland have been fighting machines’
The netherlands meets on Thursday, with the North of Ireland, and, the biggest surprise in the group C. The team of head coach Michael O’neill, who has won four of its five group matches and are currently second with a gap of three points to the Orange, which, however, have a game less played.
“The conflict and the aggression that they are in a race to throw it was amazing to see,” said Koeman about the game on Thursday. “The players are from the North of Ireland, fighting machines. They are looking for are often the men at the front, and can get you by the throat pack. This enables them to make the shifts very difficult.”
“I don’t have a problem with the outside world, Northern Ireland is underestimated. We talk and the quality is also better than the opponent, but it is important, however, is how well we play. This is a team that will aggressively push it. We need to wake up and be good, or else it will be difficult.”
The game between the Orange and the North of Ireland, it starts on Thursday at 20: 45 at De Kuip. The team of Koeman, the european CHAMPIONSHIP qualifier on Sunday, with an away game against White-Russia (18: 00) and will be playing later on against Northern Ireland and Estonia (in the home). The number one and two in the group qualify directly for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS next year.
Position in the group C of european CHAMPIONSHIP qualifications
- 1. Germany, 5-12 (+11)
- 2. The North Of Ireland, 5-12 (+3)
- 3. The netherlands, 4-9 (+9)
- 4. Belarus 5 To 3 (-7)
- 5. Estonia 5-0 (down 16)
Check out the program and the standings in the european CHAMPIONSHIP qualifier