Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal has divulged that his side does not need to play to entertain after they narrowly won 1-0 against Latvia in the World Cup qualifying win in Riga on Friday,8th October 2021.
Davy Klaassen scored in the 19th-minute f the match as the Netherlands moved clear in Group G.
Van Gaal while responding to his side’s uninspiring performance disclosed that his side’s ability to entertain insisting that World Cup qualification is the only goal after the Dutch missed out in 2018.
“We don’t have to entertain the public here” Van Gaal disclosed in an interview with NOS.
“We have to make it to the World Cup,that’s the goal””
“These are very difficult matches.Every long ball was a fight with that striker(Roberts Uldrikis) of theirs”
The Netherlands are currently top of Group G with 16 points, two points clear of Norway who drew with third-placed Turkey 1-1 on Friday.
Louis Van Gaal admitted that his side nearly lost their 1-0 lead against Latvia after goalkeeper Bijlow denied Igors Tarasovs late.
The Netherlands coach further stated that his team should have scored more goals as the late goal could have worried them immensely.
“It has become 0-1,but it could also have been 0-4,1-6 or 2-1. We did ourselves.Frenkie de Jong’s pass was too soft and Denzel Dumfries did not come to the ball.Everything went wrong there”
“We had 15 chances and they had four.We had 75 percent of the ball.That is not surprising,because I had already expected this.
“You can say it’s not that great,but we won 1-0 and Turkey-Norway made it 1-1.We are one step closer to the world cup.”“