"I also did not expect that this team would be as far ahead in their reading of a match". "We lost to a Dutch team that played very well and we did not play well".
While the French lead the group with 7 points from four matches, followed by the Netherlands with 6 and Germany with 1, the Dutch have a game in hand and can claim the ticket to the final if they beat Die Mannschaft next Monday.
Netherlands' midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum (R) vies for the ball in front of France's midfielder Blaise Matuidi (2nd R) during the UEFA Nations League football match between the Netherlands and France at the Feijenoord stadium in Rotterdam on Friday.
The hosts were dominating proceedings in the first half, but were nearly behind when Benjamin Pavard hit a stunning volley - reminiscent of his superb goal against Argentina in the World Cup - which was tipped over just before the half hour.
"We had confidence in the players we had here", he said.
The closest Didier Deschamps' men came to scoring was a weak 10th-minute header from Antoine Griezmann, who was otherwise anonymous alongside the equally invisible Kylian Mbappe - arguably one of the brightest stars of the World Cup. "We know what we got the victory over Germany and France".
"There was a clear gulf between the sides and they deserved the win..."
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We have shown we have broken the slump but I did not expect that we would be so much better through 90 minutes.
Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum threatened the French goal in the early going before Les Bleus won back possession, almost taking the lead on a shot by Benjamin Pavard that went just over the cross-bar.
The match would have been done and dusted long before the final whistle had it not been for Tottenham stopper Lloris, who engaged in an nearly personal battle with the Netherlands' vibrant front three of Depay, Ryan Babel and Steven Bergwijn. "From the beginning to the end, we played really well", Koeman added.
"We have to hope that the Germans beat them on Monday".
Lloris made a host of top saves to stop a thrashing - but Memphis Depay's dinked penalty in injury time made sure of the win.
Captain Lloris says France must now cross their fingers for a favour from Germany during the final group fixture.
The Netherlands with six points in the standings are second.