Koeman finds managing the Netherlands less challenging now

    Ronald Koeman thinks it will be easier to govern the Netherlands a second time.

    After a three-year absence, Koeman returned to Oranje to replace Frank de Boer after the World Cup in Qatar.

    The second period of responsibility begins with a chilling test against France as qualification for Euro 2024 kicks off at the Stade de France in Paris on Friday.

    Koeman’s initial tenure with the national team ended his absence from international competition, leading the Netherlands to qualify for Euro 2020 – their first tournament since the 2014 World Cup.

    However, Koeman left for Barcelona, ​​did not take responsibility for the tournament, and returned to the fold with unfinished business.

    “It’s easier now than it was then. There are a few players that I have seen in my clubs, but I have already worked with 14 or 15 of them, including Frenkie de Jong and Steven Bergwijn,” he said at a press conference.

    “But there are also a couple of new guys. I’m curious what they think, what we think of them as players, it’s funny talk.

    “I also had a lot of contacts when I left the national team with my captain Virgil van Dijk. Everything seems very familiar.

    “We want this team to succeed, we have to do it together. We are strong, but we need to work hard to show good results.

    “You always follow the players in their clubs and new players also come here with certain nerves. The level is high, it’s nice to see that the group does a lot of things together.

    “Even the new guys join the old ones at the table. It’s a pleasant process. Glad to see”.

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