How we beat Ronaldo-led Portugal 3-0 – Netherlands coach, Koeman

How we beat Ronaldo-led Portugal 3-0 – Netherlands coach, Koeman



Netherlands boss, Ronald Koeman has explained how his side was able to beat Cristiano Ronaldo-led European Champions, Portugal 3-0 in Geneva on Monday.

Portugal, who are current holders of the European Championship title, fell 3-0 to the Netherlands who couldn’t make it to the 2018 World Cup in Ruusia.

The match was one of Portugal’s preparatory games ahead of the World Cup in June, while Koeman continues his rebuilding process.

Speaking after the game, Koeman said, “We started our project last week.

“We decided to play with a system totally different from the one we used in the selection for many years.

“We presented a midfield with three players.

“The team made an excellent game and left few spaces between the lines.

“Portugal had many problems finding spaces. The difference between tonight’s game and last Friday’s [a 1-0 loss to England] was that we were more comfortable and scored quickly.

“The team was more confident and more adapted to the new system. The result of tonight’s game makes things easier.”

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