The van Gaal regime arrives

"I don't have to prove myself. I don't think there are coaches who talk to a player for more than an hour," the new coach explained today.


Coach Louis van Gaal explained on Tuesday, in his first press conference as the Netherlands coach, that the "Oranje" footballers "have to get used to the Van Gaal regime." "I think the players perceive me as strict, because the media always show me that way. I also consider myself strict, but at the same time fair and honest," said Van Gaal, who is repeating for the third time as coach of his country. The former FC Barcelona and Manchester United technician said that he has already spoken with five Dutch internationals and that three of them have assured him that they want him at the head of the national team because "they need clarity" .

"I don't have to prove my worth. They were very nice conversations, they lasted a long time. I don't think there are coaches who talk to a player for more than an hour," he said. During the press conference, Van Gaal was ironic with journalists, whom he called on several occasions "my friends from the media", referring to a controversy that occurred just after the elimination of the Netherlands in the European Championship. In a speech to the players of the women's soccer team, Van Gaal said that "a lot of glorified stars could not make it in the Eurocup", a statement that was interpreted as a direct criticism of the Netherlands internationals. "The media immediately thought: Oh, he refers to the Dutch team. But I did not say 'the Oranje', but 'in the Eurocup'. I had in my head France and Portugal, not the Dutch national team." "I wanted to make it clear that you can work much better as a team than as a group of people," the technician clarified.

Van Gaal succeeds Frank de Boer as coach after the failure of the Netherlands in the continental tournament, in which they were eliminated in the round of 16, and his first objective is to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The "Oranje" is second in his group and plays at the beginning of September three decisive duels against Norway (September 1), Montenegro (September 4) and Turkey (September 7). The coach suggested that the team will not change much in those first games and regretted the little margin time he has to prepare them. "When you look at my career, you know that my first months are never good. Players have to get used to the 'Van Gaal' regime," said the coach. "My personal goal is to become a world champion. I want to pass that on to my footballers. But I don't do it for myself, but to help Dutch football. If I were in the position of the federation, I would also have chosen myself, for I said yes, "he explained. Asked if he will return to the usual 4-3-3 in the Netherlands, after criticizing De Boer for changing the system to 5-3-2 for the European Championship, Van Gaal said that the 4-3-3 " is preferable ", but will be based" on the opponent "and their own players to choose the tactical drawing.

Likewise, he avoided pronouncing clearly on the discussion of forcing footballers to be vaccinated against covid-19, as some internationals such as striker Wout Weghorst have said that they will not be inoculated. "If you ask me personally, I think one should get vaccinated. Not only for you, but also for others, but who am I to say something about that as a national coach? I think the prime minister should do it," Van Gaal said.

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