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Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has praised his team after the 4-0 win over Romania by saying that it was the best ever display by his team. Netherlands came into the match against Romania knowing that they could put 1 foot in the FIFA World Cup 2014 finals. The team are currently top of the group D by a massive difference. They just extended it following the win over Romania. Striker Robin van Persie returned to form after scoring two goals. Van Gaal praised the Manchester United player by saying that he is proving to be a real difference in recent years.
After struggling with several injury problems during the early part of his career, van Persie has been one of the consistent players over the last few years for both club and country. Jermain Lens and the former Tottenham midfielder – Rafael van der Vaart – scored the goals for Netherlands in this impressive victory. Van der Vaart opened the scoring after just 12 min on the clock. It looked like another rout was on the cards for Netherlands. However, Romania defended valiantly and went into the half-time break with just the one goal deficit.
The second half was totally different after Robin van Persie scored two goals, while Lens’ late penalty helped put a smile on the manager’s face. “Van Persie was very unlucky in the first half but in the second half he was actually very happy, because he made an incredible world-class goal. He was also a great target man, as you saw in his first goal. And Van der Vaart put his shot in flawlessly. Lens was [also] involved in two goals. And I haven’t even talked about the defensive organisation. I thought it was the best match [the team has played] in this period under me,” said Louis van Gaal.
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Netherlands managed to extend the unbeaten run to 6 matches after the 1-1 draw with Italians, but they could have easily got a victory against the Italians had they been more clinical in finishing according to the manager Louis van Gaal. The former Bayern Munich manager has been able to transform the fortunes of the Dutch team, which suffered a lot in recent major tournaments. He has been able to find a winning formula once again. Netherlands opened the scoring in the match through Lens in the 33rd minute. However, they were unable to hold on to the lead as the midfielder Verratti equalised in injury time to hand the second consecutive draw for Louis van Gaal’s men.
He praised his players for creating numerous chances over the course of the match, but they were unable to find the killer second goal that ultimately proved to be the reason for the downfall. Yet, he has seen several positives from the match including the option of utilising Lens as a striker. Van Gaal has said that he was able to give the PSV striker the opportunity to lead the attack due to the injury for Huntelaar. Netherlands will be taking on Estonia in a World Cup qualifying match in March.
“We created many chances. We had to win this game with an early second goal but, as a team, we played well, in the style of the Dutch school of football. Tonight, (Cesare) Prandelli decided to play 4-4-2, and we took too long to recover. (Daryl) Janmaat came into midfield, but it was too late when he did that. The moment that we were finally back in the game, they scored the equaliser. We could see tonight that Lens is an interesting option in the striker role. In the future he will play in that position because he is a very good player,” said Louis van Gaal.
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The Dutch national team manager Louis van Gaal has praised the striker Robin van Persie by saying that the move to Manchester United has made him an even better striker. The 29-year-old moved to United in the summer for £ 24 million, with many questioning the decision by Sir Alex Ferguson to invest in a player who has numerous injury problems and is coming to the 30 year mark. However, Van Persie has proven to be the difference between United being at the top of the table by a seven-point advantage to being mid-table. The striker has scored several goals in the first half of the season that has been extremely crucial for United.
Van Persie is also the top scorer in the Premier league right now, while he has almost 20 goals in all competitions. The £ 24 million invested in him is proving to be a bargain. Van Gaal has also praised the striker by saying that his decision to leave Arsenal was the best. He has also been extremely good since joining United according to the former Bayern Munich manager. He has praised van Persie by saying that he has not seen a player who is continuing to improve at the age of 29.
“Robin van Persie is getting better and better – it’s incredible. He is a super professional player who really knows what he wants from his career and how he will achieve it. I have never seen any player reach Robin’s age and still improve as a footballer. Moving to United has been good for him – and it has been good for Holland. I had never worked with him before and the first thing he told me was that if I kept him on the bench he would work even harder to prove me wrong,” said van Gaal.