Ronald Koeman clearly notices that there is growth in the Dutch national team. The national coach also saw in the European Championship qualifying match with Estonia won by 0-4 that automatisms are increasingly sneaking into his team.
"In particular the second half was a simple one," concluded Koeman after the victory at the NOS . "That happens more often, because then more spaces are created. Moreover, we have continued to press down and set goals until the very last moment. Four goals is then sufficient."
The Orange took the lead in Tallinn after more than fifteen minutes thanks to a goal from Ryan Babel, who also doubled the margin shortly after the break. In the last fifteen minutes, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum increased the score even further.
"I think it's normal that we win 0-4 here, but I think Estonia is less than in the past," said the national coach. "But we had to be able to bring the discipline and that is not always easy."
Koeman did think that the game of his team could be improved by some rest. "With the pressure we had some problems in the first half. They came out a few times, even though it wasn't dangerous. We could have played deep more often and there were moments when we walked deep and the ball didn't come."
Koeman is happy how the Dutch team is implementing tactical changes
Koeman made some tactical changes in the break and he was happy how his team picked it up. "In the second half it went better because we brought Ryan more from the side and Frenkie started to play deeper."
"It's nice to see that we can change that and that they fill it in well. The automatisms are creeping in more and more and that indicates that there is a nice development in the team."
Koeman also praised Babel, who made his ninth and tenth international goal against Estonia. "I know Ryan as a great professional. I know how fit he is and what he can bring. He proves this week that he can still make a difference."
Thanks to the victory over Estonia, the Orange team is third in the group with nine points from four games. The gap with Germany and number two in Northern Ireland is three points, although those two countries have played a game more.
In the next European Championship qualifying match, the Dutch national team will play against their own national team against Northern Ireland on 10 October. "Then we can almost take the next step", Koeman concluded.