Ronald Koeman has admitted that Netherlands need to improve their attacking options after their Nations League final defeat to Portugal.

Netherlands failed to trouble Portugal in the final on Sunday and a single Goncalo Guedes goal was enough for the hosts to seal victory.

After the game, Koeman told NOS, “We know where we come from, but we also know where we can improve. Defensively and in midfield it looks good. Let’s hope we get more at the front in the coming years.

Then we gain in creativity. You can see that there are a number of players coming through for the attack, but the level for the Oranje is different than playing an occasional game in the Netherlands. “

On his sides lack of creativity, Koeman said, “That depends on the opponent. I expected such a match, you saw that Portugal fell far back. I thought we were inaccurate. Occasionally we played the long ball, while that was not possible at all. We should have held the ball longer, we did not do enough in the first half. But Portugal defended better than England. ”

Koeman pinpointed the right side of his team for criticism and also believes tiredness played a part, “It wasn’t good. There was room there (on the right), but there was more ball loss than danger. After the break, it fell even further, also as a result of the 1-0. After that they only started defending more. A few dangerous moments came, but we did not create really big opportunities. Maybe we were a little too tired. ”

After a good campaign, Koeman can only look back on the Nations League with positive feelings, “We have played against France, Germany, England and Portugal. I think that these are as good as the strongest countries in Europe, although Spain may still be part of that.”

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