Louis van Gaal reacts to Van Dijk’s comments

Virgil van Dijk

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has responded to the recent comments from their Captain and star defender Virgil Van Djik. The Liverpool defender questioned his managers’ tactics after their 4-2 win over Denmark.

Van Dijk said he’d prefer the Netherlands to deploy the 4-3-3 formation instead of Van Gaal’s preferred 3-4-1-2 formation

Van Gaal’s war of words

The Ex- Machester United manager appears to have taken offense to Van Dijk’s comments. He responded by saying that “the manager decides the tactics”.

Van Dijk’s comments after their win 4-2 win over Denmark in the recent friendlies. He said “Until today we have been training hard, with lots of tactics and meetings. There are good times but also things to improve. We will analyze this.”

“Of course, we are playing in a new system, different things are required of the players. I think we showed a lot of good things.

“Do I like the system? Well, I’m still in favor of 4-3-3 but I’m not the national coach and the national coach has a very strong opinion about it.”

In response, Van Gaal said:

“I know he has that preference, he always said this publicly. We already had this debate when I came here. The manager decides the tactics.”

Moreover, Van Gaal and the Dutch team won the match with an unsteady defense. The friendly versus Denmark took place in the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Spurs forward Stephen Bergwijn scored twice, while Nathan Ake and Memphis Depay each scored a goal. Christian Eriksen also made his comeback to the national side after his cardiac arrest in Euro 2020. He marked his arrival with a goal for his national side within two minutes of his return. Denmark and Leicester City defender Jannik Vestergaard also scored a goal in the match.

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