Louis van Gaal during a match with the Netherlands

The selector of Netherlands, Louis van Gaal, came out today in defense of the midfielder Frenkie de Jong and the coach Ronald Koeman and said, during the press conference before the game next Monday against Gibraltar, that the criticisms received by both “are typical of the Barcelona”.

“When everything is going well and you make great contributions, as has Frenkie de Jong in the past two years, then there is nothing to worry about. But when they go bad, the people of the Barcelona always watch foreigners. And in this case, the coach applies ”, he said. Van Gaal in reference to Koeman, because “he is also a foreigner and Dutch”.

The selector of Netherlands He was coach of FC Barcelona in two different stages and assured that “history repeats itself” because he also suffered criticism when the results did not accompany him, for which he advised the Dutch of the Catalan club “not to pay much attention” to negative comments .

However, Van Gaal acknowledged that he is not satisfied with the last game of Frenkie de Jong with the “Orange“, in which Netherlands He beat Latvia (0-1).

“I told him that I did not like him against Latvia,” said the coach, although he later warned that “we should not talk about the qualities of the players” because, when he criticizes one publicly, his words “take on a life of their own in the media.”

Likewise, he explained that De Jong’s position in the national team “is what he occupies Sergio Busquets” at Barcelona. “He plays in the center of midfield for me. I’ve played in that position myself and you don’t normally have to run a lot, but he does. Sometimes I think “Frenkie, you run too much ”.

On the other hand, Van Gaal praised the numbers of Depay. “When I look at the data of Memphis in training here and in games, I have never had a forward who runs so much, goes so deep and so far towards the ball. That is commendable ”.

The Netherlands is leading Group G qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and will play against Gibraltar next Monday at the Feyenoord stadium in Rotterdam.


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