“We don’t have to entertain” Van Gaal happy to get closer to World Cup

Sat 09 October 2021 | 9:09

The Netherlands managed to get a narrow win over Latvia as they lead Group G of the World Cup qualifiers.

The Netherlands defeated Latvia with a 1-0 result on Friday.

Davy Klaassen

’s goal in the 19th minute was enough for the Oranje to win the game as they move ahead of Norway and Turkey in Group G of the World Cup qualifiers.

In a post-match interview, Louis van Gaal was asked about his side’s performance.

"We don't have to entertain the public here,"

the Netherlands boss told



"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."

Van Gaal’s team are leading Group G with 16 points from their 7 games. Their closest rivals, Norway, were held to a 1-1 draw in their match against Turkey on Friday.

"It has become 0-1, but it could also have been 0-4, 1-6 or 2-1,"

he said.

"We did that ourselves. Frenkie de Jong's pass was too soft and Denzel Dumfries did not come to the ball. Everything went wrong there."

He added:

"We had 15 chances and they had four. We had 75 per cent 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."

The Oranje will face Gibraltar in their next World Cup qualifying game on Monday.

source: SportMob

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