Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman has revealed that the their qualifier match against Germany is not as important. The Oranje’s are currently third in Group C behind Germany and Northern Ireland, who have played four matches and won all of them to be at 12 points.
Meanwhile, Germany have won all three of their matches and currently have 9 points to their name. The Dutch, however, have played only twice and have lost one and won one of those matches, putting them at number three with just three points.
As a result, winning against Germany is important for the Dutch but Koeman doesn’t believe that it is a necessity, stating that the match won’t be key and that it is more important for them to earn 12 points from the four games against Estonia, Belarus and Northern Ireland.
Ronald Koeman: "There was a period in the late-'80s when Ruud [Gullit] rivalled Diego Maradona as the world's best player, and in virtually any position – centre half, winger, centre-midfield or up front. But for injuries, Ruud would've achieved even more than he did." pic.twitter.com/tLxAFVM78r— Mohamed Moallim (@iammoallim) September 1, 2019
"The duel with Germany is not a key match," BBC quoted him as saying.
"We have to get 12 points against Estonia and Belarus and be better in the two games with Northern Ireland."
The Dutch lost their previous encounter against the Germans in March when they conceded a late goal to hand Joachim Low’s men a win, who should move to the top of the table if they win against the Netherlands in the next game.