Koeman's Focus: Dutch Opportunities and Goals in Final Euro 2024 Qualifier
The Netherlands approach their final Euro 2024 qualifier against Gibraltar as an opportunity not just for scoring goals but also for fringe players to stake their claim for a spot in the squad for the upcoming finals, according to coach Ronald Koeman.
Having secured their place in next year's tournament with a 1-0 victory over Ireland, the Dutch now head to Faro, Portugal, to complete their qualifying schedule. Koeman expressed his intention to observe new talents in action, highlighting the desire of regular players to accumulate more caps.
Despite the busy schedules of key players, Koeman emphasized that everyone is eager to play, making decisions challenging. Facing a Gibraltar side recovering from a 14-0 loss to France, the Dutch coach emphasized the importance of intensity and numerous goals in this match as preparation for the European Championship.
While not overly concerned with breaking records, Koeman emphasized the need for an improved attacking game compared to their performance against Ireland. Wout Weghorst's early goal secured the win, but Koeman seeks more goals and a convincing offensive display.
In a revealing moment, Koeman mentioned a friendly against Germany planned for next year, contingent on both teams not being drawn into the same Euro 2024 group. The draw, scheduled for December 2 in Hamburg, holds the potential to influence this arrangement.