Inter’s Stefan de Vrij has given his thoughts after the Netherlands crashed out of EURO 2020 in a 2-0 semifinal loss to the Czech Republic.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport immediately after the match, as reported by FCInterNews, the Dutch and Inter center-back explained that he was proud of the team’s performances in their four games at the tournament, but that he hopes that the disappointment can spur improvement going forward.

The Netherlands won all three of their group stage matches, against Ukraine, Austria, and North Macedonia, but goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick were enough to see them out of the tournament after the team failed to find an attacking spark and defender Matthijs de Ligt saw red in the 55th minute.

De Vrij and looked impressive for the Dutch in the group stage, continuing his form at the back after being a key member of the Nerazzurri’s backline last season, but he and his team were unable to prevent capitulation after going down a man.

De Vrij’s words:

“We prepared well for a tough match against a strong team. The details make the different: one minute we miss a goal from a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper, and the next minute we are down to ten men.”

“We have to make progress. With this group we have played well, but in these matches when you mistakes you’re out. And that’s what happened.”