Stop Ronaldo? Dutch have no 'special plan', says Koeman

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Published on June 8, 2019 - Duration: 00:54s

Stop Ronaldo? Dutch have no 'special plan', says Koeman

The Netherlands don't have a plan to stop Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday's (June 9) UEFA Nations League final, according to coach Ronald Koeman.

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Stop Ronaldo? Dutch have no 'special plan', says Koeman

SHOWS: PORTO, PORTUGAL (JUNE 8, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) NETHERLANDS COACH, RONALD KOEMAN, SAYING: REPORTER, ASKING: "Do you have any special plans to stop Cristiano Ronaldo?" KOEMAN: "No (LAUGHTER FROM MEDIA).

We know he's one of the best and the nicest thing in football is you cannot stop for 100% because sometimes he's too good and this is the nicest part in football.

If you can stop everybody, if you can stop (Lionel) Messi, Ronaldo that's not nice for the public but we know the qualities of that player and of course we need to defend well but when we have the ball we need to put defensive organisation but it's not a special mark, one-against-one because that's not what we like." STORY: The Netherlands don't have a plan to stop Cristiano Ronaldo in Sunday's (June 9) UEFA Nations League final, according to coach Ronald Koeman.

The Dutch, who beat England in the semi-finals, take on Portugal to decide who wins the inaugural Nations League title at Porto's Estadio Dragao.

Koeman said it was impossible to stop Ronaldo for 100% of the time and they would do their best as a team to limit the Juventus forward's influence as much as possible.

Ronaldo scored his seventh international hat-trick - and 53rd in total - on Wednesday (June 5) when Portugal beat Switzerland 3-1 to reach the final.

Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admitted it's going to be a big test to stop the 34-year-old.

The Netherlands though have enjoyed something of a renaissance since Koeman took charge of the team.

Having not qualified for the last European Championship and World Cup, the Dutch beat France and Germany to qualify for the Nations League finals before beating England earlier this week.

Both Koeman and Wijnaldum said claiming the Nations League title would be confirmation of their development and give confidence to a relatively young team brimming with talent such as Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk.

Sunday's match is scheduled to start at 1845GMT.

Earlier in the day Switzerland play England in the third-place playoff in Guimarares.

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