Dutch defender Nathan Ake revealed on Sunday that his nation’s gamers had directed some harsh phrases to one another after shedding 4-0 to France in Paris final Friday of their opening match within the 2024 European Soccer Championship qualifiers.
The Netherlands suffered a heavy defeat on the Stade de France, the place they fell behind by three objectives within the first 23 minutes in coach Ronald Koeman’s first match in his second time period.
Ake instructed a press convention on the eve of the Netherlands’ second Group B match in opposition to Gibraltar in Rotterdam on Monday: There have been some troublesome phrases after the match, and it was the identical scenario through the match evaluation the subsequent day. However we should be clear. I feel it’s good to inform one another the reality.
However he mentioned that this subject was now fully closed, and added, “We mentioned what we should always do higher within the subsequent match and the long run.”
“It’s over. We have now to study from this as a crew, but in addition individually. Crucial factor is methods to come again within the subsequent recreation”.
The Netherlands has now additionally recovered Cody Gakbo after he contracted the flu that compelled him to overlook the journey to France, however Koeman mentioned he would decide on whether or not the Liverpool striker would play in opposition to Gibraltar on Monday.
Koeman mentioned in the identical press convention on Sunday: Whether or not the crew has overcome the shock of defeat from France or not, I have no idea. Gamers criticize themselves. A lot has been mentioned within the debriefing, about our construct and energy of play.
The Dutch coach added: Gibraltar might be a totally totally different crew, however what I noticed in opposition to France was disappointing. And I didn’t count on that. We have now to beat Gibraltar now. Win first after which rating quite a lot of objectives.