Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman gave his pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

After the 3-0 win over Greece, the Netherlands now travel to Dublin for a clash with Republic of Ireland. On Saturday afternoon, Koeman gave his press conference.

Asked if he will make changes, Koeman said, “I always look at an opponent. Not out of fear, but in the sense of: where are the spaces located and what types do we need? It is possible that we will change something. No, we are not changing everything. That would be crazy. Now let’s at least show this for a longer period of time and be positive and have confidence. Because it was only one match against the Greeks.”

On the formation, Koeman added that he would not rule out a return to a 4-3-3 in the future, “I had ideas about that and they didn’t materialize, but who knows, we might go back after a while. Someone said it yesterday: always have that system. It’s also about game principles. It is not that we do not play according to the Dutch school if we do not play 4-3-3. The way we played against Greece, it’s actually more attacking.”

Looking ahead to the game, Koeman said, “We will have a lot of ball possession, just like against the Greeks. Then the ball tempo is important. We have to find the spaces and be aggressive. They will also feel that this is the last chance. Ireland has always been a country that plays with great enthusiasm, although they may have lower-quality players. That doesn’t mean it will be easy. We will also have to have the willingness.”

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