Koeman, the national coach, goes back to Koeman’s time

National coach Ronald Koeman (centre) with coach Patrick Ludwijks by his side during Feyenoord-Ajax in De Kuip on Sunday.ANP image

During Ronald Koeman’s second presentation as national coach, the fault line with the period under Louis van Gaal was carefully drawn. Koeman also felt no need to transfer services. This has nothing to do with the difficult relationship between the two. Indeed, Van Gaal had already called Koeman his ideal successor long before the World Cup.

Koeman, who started on January 1 and performed at Zeist on Monday, would prefer to return to his first stint as national coach. Koeman goes back to Koeman’s time. He is aware that his second term will be more difficult than it was then, between 2018 and 2020, when he said goodbye as a rather successful employee of the KNVB, to walk the path to his dream job, which is included in the clause: Barcelona coach.

There are currently no provisions listed. If successful, he will remain national coach until the 2026 World Cups in the US, Canada and Mexico, with brother Erwin “maybe on our last trip”, Sipke Hulshof and Patrick Ludwijks as assistants, plus Nigel de Jong as new coach. Football manager. Officially his boss, although Koeman debuted for the very young midfielder Nigel as Ajax coach at the beginning of this century.

kisses in life

In 2018, Koeman accepted the life of the seemingly dead Dutch national team after missing two tournaments. The selection has been carried over from Noordwijk to the forests of Zeist, where players have learned to interact in a family-on-one way. Now the team again has status, just below the absolute top in the world. Louis van Gaal remained unbeaten in 20 matches, until a penalty shootout loss against later champions Argentina in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.

After the dismissal of Frank de Boer, Van Gaal qualified for the first time for the World Cup and for the final of the Nations League final, which will be played in the Netherlands this summer. He gradually changed the playing system from 4-3-3 to 5-3-2, although he preferred to talk about 3-4-3, which practically led to boring football during the World Cup. That unattractive game was partly due to the forwards’ lack of form. The system was also introduced to build more defensive security against really big opponents, but when Argentina was such an opponent, things immediately went wrong, even though they were close. There wasn’t much for enthusiasts to enjoy: no real success, no pretty football.

Koeman tries to combine both sides, however difficult that may be in current football. By the way, what really matters: “Intensity. That’s the foundation of success. He sees that reflected in the Feyenoord game. Koeman also has 5-3-2 experience, both as club coach and as national coach, but he regularly pointed out that after that ‘with that extra man in The successor is not up to someone else’s standard.”

France’s first opponent

There is also something to be said for building on the World Cup system, as finalists France are the first opponent in the qualifying series for Euro 2024 in Germany, on Friday 24 March in Paris. Only: Koeman will not do it. Countries like France and Argentina have also played 4-3-3 in the World Cup. “We try to play attractive and attacking football.”

He has already spoken to a number of players, but it is very easy to say that they would also like to say goodbye to the way the game under Van Gaal is as soon as possible. Because everyone agreed with Van Gaal to change his tactics, although, for example, captain Virgil van Dijk, who used 4-3-3 at Liverpool, had to get used to it. At the World Cup, Van Dijk was more often than not a keeper for the other two central defenders, rather than emphatically making his mark in the game himself. Players usually bow to the coach’s thoughts at the end. One of them plays System A at his club, the other plays System B.

Koeman simply wants to continue down the road from then on, and is hoping Memphis Depay can regain the form at Atletico Madrid that made him a sensational striker in his first spell. If Gini Wijnaldum ever gets fit again, he will definitely call him up. Like Van Gaal, he hopes to break through attackers, because whatever the system, Orange is far from the top in the world in an offensive sense. In any case, for Koeman’s national coach it is a matter of honor. I am very happy and proud to be given this opportunity again.

Koeman praises Berges

When Ronald Koeman arrived at De Kuip on Sunday for Feyenoord-Ajax, he had no feeling he was involved in football. ‘It’s all me, curling around the field.’ Inability to stand up at P2. It’s a social problem. There was a lot of hate towards Ajax. After meeting Stephen Berges, who moved from Feyenoord to Ajax a year and a half ago, Koeman sent a message of support to him. Burgess has spoken openly about the impact of threatening messages from supporters on his sanity and his family, and the exaggeration by some of the media. Koeman praised Perguez, saying: “You often keep your mouth shut. He felt that way. I know from experience what he does to the family.

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