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Former Dutch soccer player and coach Louis Van Gaal, who currently coaches the Netherlands men’s soccer team, made a noble gesture towards a Senegalese journalist, during a press conference on the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The coach was speaking to the press before the game that his team will play against the Ecuadorian team, when a journalist did something different from his colleagues. Papa Mahmoud Gueye took the microphone and made the following comment: “I’m a young journalist, I don’t have a question. I just wanted to tell you that I’m a big fan of yours.”

At first, the Dutch coach did not understand what they were saying, but he waited for the translation by the interpreter. Thus, Van Gaal finished listening to the question and did not hesitate to express his surprise to the young journalist. “I don’t usually hear that much, you’re very kind. I want to give you a hug, so now we’ll give it to each other,” said the coach.

Louis Van Gaal stood up and approached the reporter to be able to give him a hug, while the journalist received the show of affection from the Dutchman.

Van Gaal: “Ecuador will create more problems for us than Senegal”

“It is a more organized team than Senegal, they have intelligent players and I think they are going to make it more difficult for us than Senegal,” said the coach, regarding the game against the Latin Americans.

The Dutch coach stated that he has studied Ecuador well, but he did not want to provide many details of his conclusions so as not to give clues to the rival team, while he refused to give details about his own plans for the game for the same reason.

“We have analyzed some fifteen players over the last 18 months. We know that they are a good team, a tough opponent. In the last three or four games they have not lost. They have an intelligent system. They don’t score much, but they don’t concede goals either,” he said, as stated EFE.

Van Gaal recognized that, regarding the match against Senegal, they must improve especially in the game when they have the ball.

“In possession of the ball you can’t play like we did against Senegal. When we play against more important teams we’ll have to improve that or we won’t be able to win,” he commented.

Van Gaal also referred to the defeats in Argentina and Germany. “It’s revealing, but it’s easier to defend than to attack. Germany missed a lot of chances, but they lost. I think it has to do with the team’s discipline and I can say that my team will respect it until the end,” he said.

The coach avoided referring to political issues and assured that during the previous days they have already talked a lot about the subject and that now they want to put a “point and aside on political issues” and focus on football.

Regarding the possibility of wearing the bracelet in support of the LGTBI+ community, prohibited by FIFA, he assured: “I don’t want to take that risk, we are here to be champions.”

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