Holland boss Louis van Gaal bites BACK at Virgil van Dijk after Liverpool star’s tactics criticism


‘The manager decides the tactics!’: Holland boss Louis van Gaal bites back at Virgil van Dijk after Liverpool star questioned his system and revealed he prefers playing in a back four like he does at Anfield

  • Louis van Gaal has responded to Virgil van Dijk’s criticism of his Holland tactics 
  • The Liverpool star revealed he prefers playing a 4-3-3 formation for his country 
  • But former Manchester United boss van Gaal insisted it’s his decision what to do
  • Holland looked defensively shaky in a 4-2 victory against Denmark on Saturday 

Louis van Gaal has insisted he makes the decisions on Holland’s tactics after criticism from defender Virgil van Dijk.

The Liverpool star questioned his system after Holland looked defensively shaky playing a 3-4-1-2 formation in a 4-2 win against Denmark on Saturday, declaring he prefers a 4-3-3 like he plays at Anfield. 

But former Manchester United manager van Gaal, 70, bit back frustratedly, claiming they’ve already talked about it and he will carry on doing as he pleases.

Louis van Gaal has angrily bitten back after criticism from defender Virgil van Dijk (pictured)

The Liverpool star revealed he would rather play a 4-3-3 rather than van Gaal's 3-4-1-2 system

The Liverpool star revealed he would rather play a 4-3-3 rather than van Gaal’s 3-4-1-2 system

He said: ‘I know he has that preference, he always said this publicly.

‘We already had this debate when I came here.

‘The manager decides the tactics.’ 

Van Dijk had previously said: ‘Until today we have been training hard, with lots of tactics and meetings. There are good times but also things to improve. We will analyse this.

But the Holland and former Manchester United boss van Gaal insisted he makes the decisions

But the Holland and former Manchester United boss van Gaal insisted he makes the decisions

‘Of course, we are playing in a new system, different things are required of the players. But I think we showed a lot of good things.

‘Do I like the system? Well, I’m still in favour of 4-3-3 but I’m not the national coach and the national coach has a very strong opinion about it.’ 

The second-most expensive defender of all time, 30, played the full 90 minutes in a back three, alongside Nathan Ake and Matthijs de Ligt, both of whom also generally play in back fours for their clubs. 

Van Gaal, who returned for his third spell in charge of his country in August, has won six and drawn two of his eight games so far,  qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup in the process. 





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