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Koeman: Dutch attack wasn’t good enough

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first_imgNetherlands head coach Ronald Koeman believes his team need to find greater attacking potency to truly become a force on the world stage again.Portugal won the inaugural Nations League title by beating Koeman’s men 1-0 in Porto on Sunday – Goncalo Guedes firing home decisively with an hour played.Progress to that point required victories over Germany, France and England and represents a considerable resurgence for a nation that failed to qualify for either Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But while elite performances from the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have laid the groundwork for an exciting era, Koeman does have to contend with a lack of depth in attack.Memphis Depay passed up a glorious headed chance during the second half, one a specialist in the number nine position might have eaten up, and it is clear to their boss where Netherlands’ weakness lies.”We want to go on and push forward. We were not good enough, perhaps that is the case for tonight,” Koeman told a post-match news conference.Trots op Oranje #NationsLeague #PORNED pic.twitter.com/mhzgM3bqdI — OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) June 9, 2019 “But that is putting it negatively knowing the whole campaign we’ve had. We knew we had to be at our best and we were not.”We know we made big steps in one year in the campaign of the Nations League. Against Germany, France, England, Portugal – maybe four of the strongest five or six teams in Europe.”To make the next step maybe we need more time, more offensive strength is really important. To create more chances, to have what we missed tonight.”Portugal, as we expected, were very solid as a team. They are used to playing that way. They have had more time together than us.”They are handsome in front, maybe we missed some of that creativity in our attacking play.”Nevertheless, Koeman was keen to underline praise for his players and the tournament he feels helped to galvanise them.”I think it’s great tournament if you look back through the whole season, if you see how happy Portugal was to win this prize,” he added.”The intensity in the group was really high and the idea to organise the Nations League was a perfect one. We are looking forward to the next one.”last_img read more

New Attorney General takes oaths before President

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Jayantha Jayasuriya, President’s Counsel, took oaths as the new Attorney General, before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence today.Attorney-at-Law, Jayasuriya was the Senior Additional Solicitor General and his name was recommended by the Constitutional Council. Secretary to the President, P B Abeykoon and the members of Jayasuriya’s family were present on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette)