Louis van Gaal takes into account the qualities of the opponent in the run-up to Ecuador. After Senegal – Netherlands Matthijs de Ligt expressed himself about the role he played, indicating that a player like Jurriën Timber might be better suited to that role.
At the press conference in the run-up to the World Cup match against Ecuador, Van Gaal was asked how he views De Ligt’s statements. And what does it mean for Timber’s chances. “It not only depends on the qualities of the player, but also of the opponent,” Van Gaal emphasizes once again. Then I select. Everyone has specific qualities.’
Van Gaal on Memphis
The national coach also discusses the playing time he can give Memphis Depay during the upcoming international match. He will most likely get 45 minutes of play, but Van Gaal does not yet want to say whether he will let him start or drop in. After all, he says that he does not yet know the line-up of Ecuador, in which whether or not striker Enner Valencia plays is of decisive importance. It’s a question I can’t answer right now. I’m not going to open my cards,” he responds.
Anyway, Memphis is making strides. He has not played for FC Barcelona for some time, but has recovered from his injury and is taking steps towards match fitness. “We’ve turned up the intensity. He has now played thirty minutes and has not suffered much from it. We’re going to the next step and that’s 45 minutes.’
“We are trying to expand that, because with the injury he has, it is always very difficult when you can start,” continues the coach, who won the Champions League with Ajax. “We also have data from his previous matches and training sessions. So we come to a decision that he will eventually play ninety minutes. It is a player who is exceptional and for whom I have put my principles aside.’
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