Louis van Gaal, Netherlands coach, is confident that his team will ensure qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, but warns that his next match, this Saturday at the home of Montenegro, will not be an easy task. “But in principle I assume that we will qualify “Van Gaal said.
This is the third stage of Van Gaal as coach of the ‘oranje’ (in August he succeeded Frank de Boer, under whose command the Netherlands fell in the round of 16 at Euro 2020, 0-2 against the Czech Republic). Since the former Barcelona coach took office again, the Dutch team has been undefeated for 5 games (a draw followed by four wins). In the qualifying phase for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Netherlands is the leader of group G, with 2 points more Norway and 4 more than Turkey.
The Van Gaal debut in this third stage as coach ‘oranje’ it was against Norway (1-1), 2nd and against which the phase will close on Tuesday in Rotterdam.
Van Gaal told the media on Tuesday: “Of course, it only counts the qualification and that was the objective when they appointed me. In principle I assume that we will qualify. “
Asked about the 17 goals that the Netherlands scored under his command in the victories over Turkey, Montenegro, Latvia and Gibraltar, Van Gaal said: “We played very offensively in all those matches, although that’s possible against those kinds of opponents. But we also did it against Norway, just look at the stats. “
His first final is that of Montenegro this Saturday. “Their players have quite an individual quality,” Van Gaal said of the Montenegrin team.
Van Gaal also stated: “Don’t forget they actually beat us at home for the first 20 minutes when we beat them in September. We only started to play better when our wingers started to move into the right position. So we were able to beat them and get a good result. Individually everyone can do something, but as a team they are less than the Dutch national teamto”.
The Netherlands did not qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. And, under Van Gaal, it was 3rd in Brazil 2014.