Sports News Desk!!! Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has told his players to be wary of the threat of the quiet and wily Ecuador. Both the teams are scheduled to compete in Group A of the FIFA World Cup on the night. The Netherlands will play Ecuador on Friday night at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. The Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0 in their first match on Monday. Ecuador defeated hosts Qatar 2-0 on Sunday. “Ecuador is a balanced team,” Gal said at a press conference, according to Xinhua. He is physically strong and his players are clever. So I think they will be tougher than Senegal.
Van Gaal said that Memphis Depay could start in this match. He is recovering from his thigh injury. The Barcelona forward came off in the last half-hour of the team’s win against Senegal. He had played 30 minutes and the next step would be 45 minutes, he said. With the injury he had, it is difficult to say when he will start. We’ll have to see them. Earlier, Ecuador’s manager Gustavo Alfaro said he was hopeful that Inar Valencia would be fit for the match. Valencia, who scored both goals in the win against Qatar, suffered an injury in the match against Qatar and had to leave the field. Expressing hope of going through to the knock-out stage, Van Gaal said his dream is to win the World Cup here. The Dutch manager also said that his 26-man squad is better than in 2014.
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal was left stunned at a World Cup news conference on Thursday when a Senegalese reporter told the Dutchman he had long been a fan of his. “I don’t have any questions for you. This is my opportunity to tell you that I am your fan since the age of 3,” said Papa Mahmoud Gueye. “I love you.” The 71-year-old Van Gaal, sometimes seen in football as a stern-faced, quiet and stoic figure, flashed a big smile before replying. “I’m going to give you a big hug after this, because I love that you say that and I mean it seriously,” Van Gaal said through an interpreter. “Because people don’t often say that to me. So we’ll hug each other afterwards.” Van Gaal kept his word, stepped down from the stage and asked the reporter to warmly embrace his hand. Guay, 28, works for the Senegalese publication Taggat.sn. Gueye told The Associated Press that it was an honor to share such a touching moment with Van Gaal, a storied and highly innovative coach who has led teams such as Ajax, Barcelona and Manchester United. “He is one of the greatest figures in football,” said Gueye. “He was also happy to see that there are people who love him, and he said to me ‘Let’s hug each other.'” Gueye said Van Gaal earned an unfair reputation as being grumpy over the years. Is. “Not really. People from afar usually think he is not cool,” Gu said. “But he’s a smiley character and he laughs with everyone. And he’s one of the best coaches in the world.”