World Cup 2022: Van Gaal Fiercely Responds to Claims Netherlands Plays Boring Football

World Cup 2022: Van Gaal Fiercely Responds to Claims Netherlands Plays Boring Football

  • Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal was left unimpressed by claims his team plays boring football
  • The Dutchmen are through to the last 16 after winning two and getting a draw in the group stage
  • The Oranje will next face the United States of America, who finished as runners-up in Group B

Louis Van Gaal fiercely hit back at a reporter who seemed to criticise his style of play, despite a flawless run in the group stages.

The Netherlands have been impressive in their group, beating Senegal and Qatar and managing a draw against Ecuador.

After beating the host nation 2-0 at the Al Bayt Stadium on Tuesday, the Netherlands set up a showdown in the last 16 with the USA.

Cody Gakpo, Netherlands
Cody Gakpo of Netherlands reacts with teammates during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match against Qatar. Photo by Sarah Stier.
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Despite plaudits for the job he is doing with the Netherlands national team, Van Gaal could not escape a scathing question from a critical reporter after the Qatar win.

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The reporter questioned his style of play, to which Van Gaal responded by telling him to go home if he thought his football was boring.

“I think you have a different perspective to me; why don’t you write down it’s terribly boring?" Van Gaal said as quoted by Sportbible. “If you think it’s boring, why don’t you go home?"

Van Gaal said the comments were disappointing and he obviously disagreed, saying it was a matter of pride for the Oranje to have progressed to the knockout stages of the Mundial.

“I think people know why you’re asking these questions," he quipped.

This is the third time Van Gaal is managing the Netherlands. He previously led the country to a third-place finish in the 2014 World Cup, before eventually taking up the Manchester United job.

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Having retired in 2019, Van Gaal made a comeback in 2021 after Frank de Boer left the Netherlands, following the Oranje crashing out of Euro 2020.

Morocco fan joins Senegal celebrations

Sports Brief also reported on a fan who went viral, for showing support towards the Senegal national team - despite being Moroccan.

With the Lions of Teranga needing all the three points to progress, they surely would not have minded having a 'rival' fan joining them in the stands.

The camera panned to the crowd during the game and captured the now-viral Morocco fan amongst the legions of Senegal supporters.