The Netherlands bowed again to Louis van Gaal. They may or may not like it, but they must respect it. After another success with the national team and to celebrate it. The legendary expert took them to the World Cup for the second time in his career.
First to Brazil in 2014, when he brought them to the third place when few expected it, and after the departure of Ronald Koeman to Barcelona, he started working and successfully brought the qualifications to an end, in a strong group with Turkey and Norway.
The placement in Qatar was verified by Van Gaal from - wheelchairs! The reason: two days before the decisive match with Norway in Rotterdam, he fell off his bike and injured his hip. As he could not move without aids, the only solution was to follow the match from the stands of De Kuip, and after the first half, to drive to the locker room to share advice with the players.
In the end, the national team greeted him with smiles, because they celebrated 2: 0 and thus certified a direct visa for Qatar. "We controlled the match for all 90 minutes. Norway barely had a half chance. After the first half, I congratulated the guys on the game, but I told them to attack a little more."
"Not to play in width. In the continuation, we provoked the rival with high pressure, which gave us a little more space, and of course, we had attackers who will use the opportunities, "Van Gaal commented after the goals of Steven Begwijn and Memphis Depay in the final.
Before the match, Louis van Gaal said "my brain is still functioning", vividly explaining that he does not have to be physically present with the national team, but he is still very vital, regardless of the fact that he celebrated his 70th birthday in August.
Despite everything, he led the Netherlands for the 50th time and secured its 11th place in the final tournament of the World Cup. "Our little mood was spoiled by the draw with Montenegro a few days ago, then I was afraid that things could go completely in the wrong direction.
Despite everything, we completed the qualifications successfully." "Get to know each other through the ups and downs. We scored two goals, Jasper Cillessen kept the net intact, and it looks fantastic since he returned to the national team.
The team accepted him and that is a good thing, "Van Gaal added. It's time for the last ride. In Qatar, next year ...