Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said on Saturday after the Euro 2024 draw that he would have preferred not to face the France team in the first round of the competition.
“It’s difficult for everyone but I would have preferred not to play France. Perhaps France would also have preferred not to play the Netherlands because we have often played against them and it is good to have other very strong opponents. But we have to accept it,” he reacted.
France and the Netherlands, who will play in Group D at the Euro alongside Austria and an opponent from the play-offs played next March, were already in the same group during qualifying for the European Championship. 'Europe. The Blues beat them twice, 4-0 in March at the Stade de France and 2-1 in Amsterdam in October.
But Ronald Koeman, who took over from Louis Van Gaal after the 2022 World Cup and the quarter-finalist place for the Oranje, especially wanted to take as a reference the success of his team against the Blues in 2018 in the Nations League (2- 0). “We showed a few years ago in Rotterdam that the Netherlands could also be strong but we will need everyone to be in good shape for the team to be stronger than it has been in recent times. months,” he said.