Louis van Gaal claimed the Netherlands have “big chances” of profitable the World Cup after swatting apart the US to advance to the quarter-finals. Van Gaal, who led his nation to the semi-finals of the event in Brazil in 2014, will have to now get ready his crew to stand the winners of Saturday evening’s Argentina v Australia sport on Friday.
“I think we have big chances here,” mentioned the 71-year-old, in his 3rd spell answerable for his nation. “We still have three matches to go. I’ve been talking about this for a year. We can become world champions – not that we will – but we can. I am talking about team-bonding, how we can build the strongest possible team and I derive pleasure from the group of players and, of course, performances and results.”
Denzel Dumfries, who arrange the primary two objectives for Memphis Depay and Daley Blind then capped the scoring with a effective volley, was once named guy of the fit. When Van Gaal, sitting along Dumfries, was once requested how extremely he regards the 26-year-old, the Netherlands supervisor proceeded to kiss his defender at the cheek. “Denzel knows that very well,” Van Gaal mentioned. “Yesterday or the day before yesterday, I gave him a big fat kiss. I’m going to give him another big fat kiss [now] so that everyone can see.
Gregg Berhalter, the USA head coach since 2018, sent on Haji Wright with a quarter of the game to go and saw him pull a goal back via a freak deflection in the 76th minute after meeting Christian Pulisic’s cross, five minutes before Dumfries restored the Dutch’s To install two-goal margin. Pulisic had missed a chance to give the USA a third-minute lead. Berhalter, out of contract at the end of the year, was noncommittal about his future but said the tournament was a partial success. “I do feel that we have made progress,” he said. “We set out with a goal to show the rest of the world we can play soccer and I think we partially achieved that, although we fell short of our goals.”
Berhalter added: “We are an excessively younger crew at first in their careers. We are going to catch as much as that. We should not have a Memphis Depay at the moment who’s scoring within the Champions League and taking part in for Barcelona. That stuff goes to come back. Regarding me for my part, for the closing month and a part I’ve been most effective centered at the World Cup and reaching issues with this crew, and within the subsequent couple of weeks I’ll take a seat down and take into consideration what’s subsequent.”