The Dutch national team will face Poland in the next match of the League of Nations on Thursday. The number one goal for “Oranje” is to prepare for the next World Cup. Louis van Gaal’s decisions, however, are quite controversial.
The Dutch will face Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar at the World Cup. “Oranje” would certainly not mind repeating the success of 2014 when they finished the tournament with bronze medals.
The national team selector was then Louis van Gaal, who is still running the team today. Much was said then about the coach’s decision in the quarter-final match against Costa Rica. The Dutch coach then changed the goalkeeper just before the penalty shootout competition, and Tim Krul became the hero of the game.
“Elevens” play a significant role for Van Gaal, so the coach decided to devote one of the September training sessions to this element. He invited as many as six goalkeepers – Jasper Cillessen, Mark Flekken, Andries Noppert and Remko Pasveer were called up for the training camp, and Justin Bijlow and Kjel Scherpen would join them for one day.
– My goal is to find the best penalty shootout defender for the World Cup. I am always looking for an advantage over other teams, and I know that penalties have often played the most important role at the World Cup Van Gaal said at a press conference.
However, it is highly controversial that the classes will be conducted by Peter Murphy, who has so far worked … with volleyball players. When one of the journalists wondered about it, he got a strong response from Van Gaal.
– He won’t teach the boys volleyball if you ask that. He is a specialist in another field and I believe that his knowledge and experience can help us a lot. But I can’t reveal more details about it, because other teams would surely benefit from it too – he said.