Germany and Argentina’s surprise World Cup defeats to Japan and Saudi Arabia (both 2-1) sharpened the edge of Louis van Gaal and the Dutch team. said the Oranje manager during his pre-match press conference against Ecuador on Thursday.
“The loss speaks for itself,” said the coach at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha. What they gave it might have something to do with team discipline.Our team discipline lasts up to 90 minutes.Boys, how important it is.”
Van Gaal has admitted that he has changed his mind about who the Netherlands’ most formidable opponent will be in the group stage. Despite saying Senegal would be the toughest opponent, Van Gaal now thinks Ecuador will.
“They are more organized than Senegal,” claimed the coach. “Ecuadorian players are smart. That’s a tougher opponent than Senegal.”
The 71-year-old declined to say whether Memphis Depay will start or play in the second half. . In typical van Gaal fashion, he also didn’t answer whether Matthijs de Ligt or Julian Timber would nod at centre-back. admitted after the match that Timber could have done better in that position.
The Netherlands could become the first team to qualify for the World Cup finals on Friday. Oranje need to beat Ecuador and Qatar must not win another match in their group.
https://nltimes.nl/2022/11/24/van-gaal-learns-germany-argentinas-losses-world-cup Van Gaal learns from World Cup defeats of Germany and Argentina