Germany and Argentina’s surprising World Cup defeats against Japan and Saudi Arabia (both 2-1) sharpened Louis van Gaal and the Dutch side. 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 he has changed his mind about who the Netherlands’ most formidable opponent will be in the group stage. Van Gaal now thinks Ecuador will be, even though he said Senegal would be the toughest opponent.
“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 at the position.
The Netherlands could become the first team to qualify for the World Cup finals on Friday. Orange need to beat Ecuador and Qatar must not win another match in their group.