10 Oct Euro 2020 qualifiers: ‘They’re combating machines’ – Netherland’s Koeman cautious of Northern Eire menace
The Oranje boss believes his facet have to be prepared for a combat on Wednesday as they take on Michael O’Neill’s males
Ronald Koeman warned his Netherlands gamers that Euro 2020 qualification rivals Northern Eire are “combating machines” and can “get you by the throat” if given the possibility.
Netherlands are third in Group C, three factors behind second-placed Northern Eire however with a sport in hand forward of the edges’ conflict on Thursday.
Victory at Feyenoord Stadium would transfer Koeman’s facet stage with Michael O’Neill’s facet in addition to leaders Germany on 12 factors.
However the former Southampton and Everton boss warned that beating Northern Eire – who received 4 consecutive qualifying matches earlier than their 2-Zero defeat at house to Germany in September – wouldn’t come simply.
“They’re combating machines,” Koeman informed reporters of their opponents.
“Maybe they have not acquired the construction or high quality technically nevertheless it’s very direct, direct confrontations. They’re a team that may make the video games tough for any opponent and we now have to see how we are able to discover the options. If they’ll get at you, they may, and they’ll get you by the throat. You have to be ready for that.
“It may be that house and away there’s a distinction of their sport. I believe that they had the thought to maybe attempt to end Germany off and, for an hour, they had been in a position to stay with them and had the higher alternatives.
“However from the second they went 1-Zero down, you’ll be able to see the areas enhance and the Germans took benefit.”
Defeat in Rotterdam would depart Netherlands six factors behind Northern Eire and Koeman admitted his facet are beneath strain to ship a end result earlier than profitable once more in Belfast in November.
The Oranje misplaced 3-2 at house to Germany of their most up-to-date qualifier on house turf in March, however Koeman backed the likes of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong to deal with the high-stakes state of affairs.
“We nonetheless must qualify,” stated Koeman. “Now we play each video games towards Northern Eire for our ticket. It begins [on Thursday] and if we do not get the end result we wish, it will likely be very painful.
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“There’s at all times strain for Holland. We expect that we have at all times acquired to play in all places, and we have got the standard for that. I believe that this team could be very hungry.
“Not many gamers have performed within the massive tournaments and everybody needs to be there however there’s at all times the event of a team.
“These two video games towards Northern Eire are actually vital. There’s strain however the gamers are used to that – they play for giant golf equipment and so they’ve acquired to win so it is no totally different to that.”