Ronald Koeman is keen on Thursday with Orange effectively the european CHAMPIONSHIPS-qualification to begin. The coach calls the thuisduel with belarus even the most important race in the kwalificatiecyclus.
“You want to have a good start and the first match is the most important,” said Koeman Wednesday at a press conference in Zeist. The coach pointed out that Orange, the failed qualifying races for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2016 (2-1 against the Czech republic) and the world CHAMPIONSHIP of 2018 (1-1 in Sweden) immediately began with loss of points.
“We are together with Germany the favorite in this group”, said Koeman. “The point is that we points tackle against the other three countries in the group. Especially at home we need them to win.”
After the match against the belarusians is Sunday again a thuisduel on the program for the team of Koeman. In Amsterdam occurs Oranje against Germany. Furthermore, Northern Ireland and Estonia in Group C.
“The focus needs to be on the match tomorrow. The better we play and the better the result, the easier is the road to the next”, explained Koeman.
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Koeman was forced to lay off training due to fatigue
Koeman pointed out that Orange in 2012 for the last-the first international match of the calendar year won. He noted the dates of the training sessions that the players in this stage of the season more tired than previously and deleted for that reason, the training of Wednesday afternoon.
“Players are there in march physically different than it was in October or november. We should not dramatically so, pains are associated with the professional football. I have Johan Cruyff learnt that if it’s in the upper room well, that is good.”
First duels Orange per calendar year
- 2012: England-Netherlands 2-3
- 2013: Netherlands-Italy 1-1
- 2014: France-Netherlands 2-0
- 2015: Netherlands-Turkey 1-1
- 2016: Netherlands-France 2-3
- 2017: Bulgaria-Netherlands 2-0
- 2018: Netherlands-England 0-1
- 2019: The Netherlands-Belarus ?-?
Orange should aggressively switch against belarus
Koeman, who Thursday, his 56th birthday, expects belarus in The Cockpit is heavy on the defense will lean on. The team of coach Igor Kriuchenko got this season in six duels, not a single hit against all opponents with Luxembourg, San Marino and Moldova from a low level.
“We must ensure that we have the space between the lines and on the sides find,” said Koeman about his tactical battle plan. “The ball tempo should be high, we must remain patient and wait for the right moments.”
“And if we losts suffering on the opponent’s half, then it is important to be aggressive in order to turn it off and quickly put pressure. If you are in possession of the ball, there are often opportunities.”
The netherlands-belarus starts Thursday at 20.45 hours, and is under the direction of the Italian arbitrator Davide Massa.