Koeman demands silence for Dutch fanatic Turkish fans at European Championship

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Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman wants his team to silence the noisy Turkish fans during the quarter-finals of the 2024 European Championship on Saturday in Berlin.

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With a large Turkish diaspora in Germany, Vincenzo Montella’s team have been fervently supported this summer and Dutch defender Daley Blind said the match at the Olympiastadion will feel like an ‘away game’.

“I have some experience of matches against Turkish teams, the atmosphere is always great,” Koeman told a press conference on Friday.

“We just have to keep the ball and then they will be quiet. You have to be cool, businesslike and play your game.”

The Netherlands started the European Championship slowly, coming out of the group stage as one of the best teams in third place. However, in the round of 16 they defeated Romania 3-0, which was a much better performance.

“The last match was of a very good level in terms of football. If we maintain that level, it can be a very good tournament for us,” said Koeman, who achieved the only European Championship victory with the Dutch captain in 1988.

“Every game is difficult, all the big teams have struggled to win in different games – England scored in the last seconds, Portugal won on penalties. You have to fight for it.”

The Netherlands suffered a 3-2 defeat against Austria in the last group match. Koeman called this “shocking” and reacted strongly to Romania.

The former Barcelona coach said they didn’t need that kind of inspiration to play well against Turkey.

“If you want to play a good game, you don’t have to lose first – not another Austrian duel,” said Koeman.

“You have to do it yourself. The players are facing a semi-final, it is an opportunity to progress in this tournament.”

Dutch defender Denzel Dumfries agreed with his coach. “I don’t need any extra motivation for this game, it’s a quarter-final of the European Championship, it’s great to be here… and none of the other players need it,” the Inter Milan full-back said.

“We need to have good possession and enough energy.”

Dumfries admitted that the expected Turkish dominance in the stands could complicate matters for his team.

“Everyone knows how important this match is, we know what to expect in terms of atmosphere in the stadium… it’s probably a bit more difficult to understand each other,” he said.

“We’ve seen how great our fans are (and so are we). They’ll support us, we have to play the game on the pitch, but it will definitely give us a boost.”

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