Despite losing in the UEFA Nations League final against Portugal, the Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman has been impressed with his side's progress.
The Netherlands lost out 1-0 courtesy of a Gonçalo Guedes goal at the stroke of the hour mark to finish as runners up in the inaugural Nations League. The Dutch team had to do it the hard way as they emerged top in a group consisting of World Cup winners Germany and France, they then beat England in the semi-finals. Koeman has managed to assemble a young squad that has challenged in all fronts especially in the Champions League with Ajax.
Speaking in a press conference after the defeat to Portugal, Koeman was happy with his side, "To play in a final, even if you don’t win it, you take that experience with you for the next time. We know we’ve made big steps over the year, in the Nations League campaign, against Germany, against France, against England, against Portugal… maybe four of the five or six strongest teams in Europe, so that’s really positive.
"I’m really proud of the spirit of this team, it wasn’t enough tonight, but the whole campaign was really very positive. Maybe it’s too early to win. Maybe we need to wait for the next Euro, maybe we’ll get another chance to win something. But, I think that’s perhaps a little bit too negative about the performances of this team, of these players, and the quality of these players.”