Koeman: Ronaldo is the master

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman is wary of the threat posed by Cristiano Ronaldo as his side prepares to face Portugal in Monday's friendly.

The former Everton boss began his reign with a 1-0 loss to England at home on Friday and now faces another tough test. Ronaldo is on fire for Real Madrid and netted both goals as Portugal saw off Egypt 2-1 on Friday. He will now have his sights fixed on a team which is low on confidence after failing to qualify for this year's World Cup.

"It's the 'hand of the master'," Koeman said of Ronaldo on Sunday, according to Goal.

"He is one of those players that always scores. Even when the team is playing badly, they have the ability to score out of nothing.

"And sometimes they don't need other players to achieve that. There are one or two players like that at the moment."

The Netherlands impressed in the last two World Cup tournaments, reaching the 2010 final and finishing third in 2014. However, Koeman accepts that the glory days of Dutch football are now very much in the past.

"We are not the best of the world anymore. That's nothing new," he said. "So we have to find other ways to achieve something.

"We play in a new formation in which we want to develop ourselves, and hopefully Monday will be better than last Friday."

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