Coach Ronald Koeman got Monday in Zeist in the run-up to the first international matches of the Dutch against England (23 march) and Portugal (26 march) a lot of questions are fired. An overview of the discussed topics.
“I am as a coach, no different than if clubtrainer”, opened Koeman’s press conference. “I think I open am, I will, of course, not always say everything. That is logical. But I am someone who normally says what he thinks. This feature is something totally different. It is not to compare with a trainer in a club.
“I also had a healthy tension that it started today. Of course, I was already longer busy with the preparation. Everyone wants to be like to be there, there are no cancellations in a group of 25 men. That looks positive. But the matches are not started yet.”
“In what system we will play against England and Portugal? That I discuss first with my players. So it should be. Players hear that kind of stuff not to read the newspaper.”
“About the aanvoerderschap of them did not vote, that will decide me. Or in a new team, a new captain should? Nope, I do not think per se. It should be a player who in all respects is an example for the team. I am anyway not to be a keeper or striker captain. Virgil van Dijk? That would be a possibility.”
“I want these two competitions and in may/June to use in order to create clarity for myself. When the Nations Cup for us, it starts, I don’t want more things do need to try.”
Why Justin Kluivert and / or selected, and Steven Bergwijn not
“I’ve had much internal debate about Justin and Steven. Both players are young and on multiple positions can be used. Maybe Bergwijn is more of a striker and Kluivert again more of a winger. That are choices that you make.”
“The goal is qualification for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020.”
“If it was up to me, I will continue to actually four years. Even if Barcelona calls? Yes. I have deliberately chosen this period.”
Robin Van Persie
“I was at Feyenoord and wanted Robin also speak about the Dutch national team. He has said not to stop at Orange, but will need to fit. Yesterday (against PEC Zwolle, ed.) he showed his class again. I do not say in advance no, because quality is the decisive factor and age is not. I have also not said that I never select.”