Ronald Koeman expect difficult clash with Croatia after Nations League draw

Ronald Koeman will have his first major test in his second head coach stint with the Netherlands national team as they face Croatia in the Nations League final , Voetbal International reports

The draw, featuring Oranje legend Wesley Sneijder, concluded with the Dutch national side facing World Cup semi-finalists Croatia in the summer. 

Koeman, who succeeded Louis van Gaal as Oranje boss, has admitted it will be a tricky test as he hopes to win the tournament on home soil as they prepare to face a difficult team. 

He said: “They have a lot of experience and have performed excellently at the major tournament in recent years.” 

But the former Everton and PSV Eindhoven head coach is looking forward to the international tournament which takes place in June. 

He added: “It’s good to play for a prize and especially after the defeat in the final in 2019, we want to make things right. I also really like that the matches are played in the Netherlands, that’s great for our fans and of course for ourselves.” 

The draw also sees Spain face Italy at FC Twente’s De Grolsch Veste in the other semi-final with the final taking place on Sunday 18 June at De Kuip in Rotterdam – where Oranje face Croatia four days prior. 

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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