Ronald Koeman Quotes

  1. I respect and admire the Premier League.
  2. When you build the house, you don’t start with the roof.
  3. I hate players who always play the ball back to the goalkeeper.
  4. His potential is greater and higher than Everton as a final destination. If Romelu was to play at Everton until the end of his career I know he has left something behind.
  5. What I don’t like too much really is individual comments about the performances of the players after the game.
  6. The best player to compare to Aguero is Romario.
  7. If players know their role it is easier to keep to them.
  8. I don’t have any problems with criticism.
  9. Messi is the greatest, but he has always been surrounded by other great players.
  10. What I like is to bring the best team for the fans, and if we have that then we need to perform and we need success, but that is what I like and what I have had all my life in football.
  11. It is always difficult when there is a lack of confidence and a lack of belief but it can be good for me to see the reaction of the team in a difficult time.
  12. I played with Romario. Sometimes you think he’s sleeping, then in one split second he’s scoring. It’s a big quality. That means a lot of concentration for defenders. He’s always fast, always on the line of sight. That’s his best quality.
  13. One of the things I’d bring to Villa if I was in charge is the idea that winning is important in football, but winning while playing offensive football is the best of all.
  14. If anyone has to overtake me, I’m glad that it is Messi.
  15. I’m in love with Barcelona, life there is fantastic. It was my best period playing.
  16. If you are a happy man then you can give your best.
  17. It is not always possible, but the best plan is always to keep hold of your best players.
  18. I know what it is like when a player has big ambitions.
  19. I don’t read the comments of fans, no.
  20. Who does not want to coach Barcelona?
  21. It is not so easy to turn yourself into one of the big clubs in the Premier League and also the Champions League.
  22. We know it’s impossible sometimes to have good defending against Cristiano Ronaldo but we want to keep the ball, with good possession, as then he can do nothing in attack.
  23. Becoming Netherlands coach could be a nice end to my career.
  24. Normally I keep criticism of my players inside but sometimes people need to know what the manager is thinking.
  25. It’s always important with a young one in your team that he needs to be comfortable in the position he plays.
  26. Manchester United are always a team that try to play football, try to play football from the back.
  27. In life everything is possible. In football everything is possible.
  28. Great coaches can’t win always in life.
  29. Everything would have been different for Barcelona without Messi.
  30. I see differences in how I like to work with young players and how I like to give young players a chance maybe more than English managers.
  31. I love English football because of its brilliant atmosphere, intensity of the competition and the culture of respect that fans and players have for the game.
  32. In Holland we have always viewed Villa as an important club with a tradition of being powerful in Europe when I was younger, so I would be very interested in managing them if the job was offered to me.
  33. Lukaku sees football and lives for his game the way I think a top player should live for it.
  34. If you win games you will have good possibilities to maybe play in Europe, you never know.
  35. I don’t speak about rumours every day in the press, because it’s not necessary to tell everybody the same answer.
  36. Within 24 hours of my departure from Everton, I had already received the first offer. Then they kept coming, but I keep it all away from me.
  37. The Premier League is different. Sometimes the Bournemouth game can be more difficult than Liverpool or Chelsea.
  38. It’s not only Van Dijk who can stop Ronaldo. But Ronaldo is good enough to create against really good defenders.
  39. We all like being part of the Premier League. There is a lot of attention and we enjoy that but football is always the same. If you win, you have friends. If you don’t win, you are looking for friends. That’s the game.
  40. I’ve coached in Holland, Portugal and Spain and not only won trophies each time, but taken sides to the latter stages of the Champions League.
  41. I like young players when they are still open to learn and behave normally, not driving a Porsche after three matches in the first team.
  42. When you have Van Gaal in charge, it is a fact that there is fear in his team. The players have a fear for mister Van Gaal. That is not always good.
  43. I know English football people say you have to look out for young players, that maybe they can play 15 or 20 games but not more. They are afraid. I am not afraid to put young players in. I am not afraid but maybe they are.
  44. You cannot plan what is going to happen. You cannot plan your life.
  45. It is all about the talents of the young players. If they have the talent you have to give an opportunity. If they don’t have the talent then, OK, you have to look elsewhere.
  46. That’s the nicest part of football; you can’t do everything to stop a player.
  47. Old Trafford is not really intimidating, no. I think the Man United fans are always behind the team and it’s a fantastic place to play football.
  48. Some players need pressure to get the best out of themselves.
  49. I had a good contract at Southampton, the managers in the Premier League are very well paid, but in football you need ambition.
  50. That’s the difference between outside and playing in the Premier League.
  51. In football, as in life, as in business, everything can be talked about and discussed.
  52. I was not happy when we lost Morgan Schneiderlin, Nat Clyne and other players of that quality at Southampton.
  53. What I don’t like is talk about rumours.
  54. If you have a lot of injuries for a long period, that makes it more normal to bring in new players.
  55. I think it is always good to know what is happening around the club.
  56. You need luck, you need your key players, you need to be in the best shape, you need all of that to be champions.
  57. If you have expectations as a club, then coping with criticism is part of your job.
  58. A new project can offer you a new challenge.
  59. Coaching Netherlands remains one of my ambitions.
  60. When I spoke to Everton, the plan, the project, the history of the club was interesting. If I didn’t see ambition in Everton I wouldn’t come to Everton and that’s maybe a good message to all of the players.
  61. We have to be confident. If we are not you can’t win.
  62. I like to be in Europe – it’s important for our experience. It’s good for the club, the players and the fans.
  63. I think it’s normal that you will lose players if you don’t play every season in the Champions League, because that’s the intention for every player to be part of that.
  64. When you bring Van Gaal in the house, you bring in quality. But you also bring in someone who thinks he knows everything. And that will cause clashes.
  65. I managed Zlatan when he was young and sometimes also difficult! But, okay, that is normal.
  66. I think we have very good facilities for the youth in Holland. We have very good youth coaches and I think that is some of the reasons that always Holland has very good football players.
  67. The Europa League is a different calibre than the Champions League.
  68. I’d prefer to have 10 players scoring 10-15 goals than one scoring 25.
  69. My whole football life is pressure. If I don’t get pressure from outside I put pressure on myself.
  70. Everyone knows I have a relationship with Barcelona.
  71. I still believe in ‘how you train, how you play.’
  72. I’m always a big advocate for adapting to your new team, your new country and your new team-mates.
  73. From what I saw in Spain and Germany most of the teams drop back and then they have all of the time to build up and have the movements. In the Premier League it is more physical and about set plays. It is more difficult.
  74. If you don’t have that ambition you start to be sloppy and that is not what I like to be.
  75. Full compliments to everybody in Southampton because the support of the fans was amazing and the spirit and the belief of the players, it’s very enjoyable for the manager.
  76. The entire world knows what I have with Barcelona and what Barcelona have with Ronald Koeman, so if I could become Barcelona coach one day, I would be delighted.
  77. It’s all about the qualities of the players. The better the players, the easier it is for the manager.
  78. If you offer a player a new contract, and a good contract, that means you want to keep the player.
  79. We are football players and we like to win games.
  80. I was always most of the time working in clubs as player and coach to win titles.
  81. I know myself that I am a manager who really gives young players a chance when they deserve it.
  82. I accept that everyone is entitled to his opinion and as a coach, I don’t run away from criticism.
  83. It’s an easy answer, as a manager, to say: ‘I need time.’
  84. It’s easy to give your opinion in front of the television without any responsibility.
  85. I don’t step back, that’s football. It’s about winning.
  86. Daley Blind, Georginio Wijnaldum and Kevin Strootman too. They are examples of how you should behave as a top player.
  87. I still have the newspapers of my first match at Barcelona. It was a disaster. We lost 2-0 and everybody was questioning my arrival.
  88. When I was a player it was not normal that I would cook at home but now that I have more time, I do sometimes. I like it, I like to cook and maybe sometime I would like to have some lessons.
  89. In football a championship team is never bought, it’s built with time and patience.
  90. If I get the chance to coach Netherlands, I would like to take that chance.
  91. There are so many other examples in the Premier League of players who are the best in their country and make a move because they are really ready for a level higher. If they come to the English top flight, it turns out they need a period to adjust in terms of pace, aggressiveness and physicality, especially as a midfielder.
  92. I want a quiet life.
  93. I like my life and I like to be positive.
  94. You can have Guardiola as a manager, you can have Koeman as a manager, anybody as a manager, but the players inside the white lines win the game.
  95. We have to respect the opponents but we also have to believe in ourselves.
  96. I love coaching and I love Barcelona.
  97. I like to play attacking football, but I think the big difference is that we expect a lot more from our strikers, to do more pressing and to keep compact. We like to play a high line defensively and press the ball.
  98. I sort of collect watches.
  99. When my two boys were growing up and asking me about what I did and what kind of player I was I showed them all the matches from the European Championships in 1988 when we beat Germany in the semi-final and won the final against Russia.

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