Van Gaal sees the Netherlands without offensive strength in the Cup: ‘We have to be at the top level’

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The coach acknowledges that the Dutch attack lacks aggression, having only scored 2 goals in the tournament

On the eve of the definition of the standings for the round of 16 of the Qatar World Cupthe technician Holland🇧🇷 louis vangaalhe admitted that the lack of aggressiveness was the problem to be solved in this edition of the World Cup.

He complained about players’ apathy in constructing moves and defining opportunities to close out the result. “We have to be at the top level in every match. My players are capable of being aggressive.” In two games so far, the Netherlands have scored just three goals. Gakpo, with two goals, is the team’s top scorer in the tournament.

Leaders of Group A with four points alongside Ecuador, the coach also spoke of the Dutch favoritism they bring into the tournament. Asked if he made the environment tense due to demands for better performances, Van Gaal preferred to talk about his career.

“I think you can say that I have been a champion and the reasons. It is always necessary to identify the objectives and work above our objectives. The work is being done,” he commented.

The future after the World Cup also became a topic of the interview. The captain, who announced his departure from the national team following the World Cup, was coy about the future but made it clear that he intends to stay connected to the sport. “If Dutch football didn’t exist, it wouldn’t be here. I will always be there to support it and thank it for giving me this chance.”

The Netherlands ends its participation in the group stage this Tuesday against the selection of Qatar at the Al Bayt stadium. In the other group match, Ecuadorians and Senegalese face off at the Khalifa stadium. The two departures take place at the same time: 12:00 (from Brasilia).

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