Ronald Koeman is happy with his move to FC Barcelona, but finds it extremely unfortunate that he will not experience a final tournament as national coach with the Dutch national team.
"In any case, it hurts that we can't play a final tournament together. That's why I said no in January when Barcelona came forward. I didn't think it was the time to leave then," said Koeman on Wednesday during his presentation as the new coach of the Catalans.
However, the outbreak of the corona crisis in March changed the situation. As a result of the pandemic, the European Championship was postponed until the summer of 2021, which left Koeman in doubt about whether Barcelona would come back for him again.
"A lot has happened in the world since January and certainly since March, everything has become very uncertain", explained the 57-year-old Zaandammer.
"There is no certainty that the Nations League will start again. Who tells me that there will be a European Championship with an audience next year? It was now the third time that I had the opportunity to start as coach of Barcelona, you know. then never whether there will be a next time. "
Koeman nevertheless looks back with pride on the collaboration with the internationals at Orange. "The players of Orange thanked me unbelievably, there is not one player who does not allow me this step. Together we went on the right path and positively changed the image of the Dutch national team. The team is strong enough to continue in this way. to go."