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Van Gaal compares Netherlands confidence to F1 driver Verstappen

Tue 07 September 2021 | 8:12

Louis van Gaal, the head manager of the Netherlands, addressed the media before Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Turkey.

Louis van Gaal

contrasted his Netherlands team's self-assurance to that of Formula One driver

Max Verstappen

On Tuesday, Van Gaal's Holland will meet Turkey in a vital World Cup Group G qualification match. 

The Oranje are down a point after a 4-0 thrashing of Montenegro last time out, but Van Gaal has been pleased with his squad since replacing 

Frank de Boer

The 70-year-old coach compared the Netherlands' esteem to that of Dutch driver Max Verstappen, who won the Dutch Grand Prix last week and recovered the F1 world championship leadership from Lewis Hamilton.

"The most important thing, which Max [Verstappen] also has, is to have self-confidence," Van Gaal told reporters.

"Very strong confidence, and you just heard from Memphis [Depay] that he also has very strong confidence in the team.

"I am happy about that because I also have a lot of self-confidence. So, we are all on the same wavelength."

After a 1-1 stalemate against Norway in Van Gaal's third term in command, the Netherlands put on a show in Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro at Philips Stadion. 

Memphis Depay

scored a penalty kick and netted a second shortly after the hour mark to put the Flying Dutchmen on pace for their eighth consecutive home victory. 

Depay scored the first two goals for his nation in a game for the first time in his 70 appearances, bringing his total to 30 goals in that time frame. 

With the hosts' third goal, skipper Georginio Wijnaldum put the game out of reach, and Cody Gakpo finished off the score 14 minutes from time with his first international goal.

On Turkey, Van Gaal added:

"[Turkish coach Senol Gunes] has made his team play in a very disciplined way. It's really very good to have Turkey play with discipline, and Turkey has some smart players, with players who play at top clubs, actually.

"They only have two players who play in Turkey, at least in the team we're expecting to face."

 


source: SportMob

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