After taking charge of the national team for the second term, Koman said he has something to prove, ‘I am successful (as a player) in big tournaments. So I want to prove that I can be a successful coach. The first goal is to do well in the Euro qualifiers, which start in March. Koman also talked about Gale’s defensive strategy, ‘Unbeaten in 20 consecutive international matches – even if I was the coach, such a result would have been unbelievable. But it could have been done the other way and that’s what I want to do.’
Koeman by ‘otherwise’ probably refers to Gale’s defensive tactics and attacking play. The Netherlands will face a tough opponent in the first match of the Euro qualifiers on March 24. The opponent is France. The other three teams in this group are Ireland, Greece and Gibraltar.