The Van Gaal effect

UEFA Nations League 2020/21: Italy vs Netherlands – tactical analysis tactics

Yesterday, the Netherlands men’s football team thrashed Gibraltar by six goals in a one-sided match.

The Dutch didn’t give any space for the opponents to test their goalkeeper. The way this Dutch team plays is different from the team that played the Euros in July. The players were the same, but that team didn’t look sharp. There was just a clueless team that played average football.

During the Euros, the coach of the Netherlands team was Frank de Boer, who didn’t have good stats as a football manager. He took over a perfect team when Ronald Koeman left to manage FC Barcelona. But during his time, the squad’s gameplay was really broken. They were not in sync with each other. It also affected them in Euros. The Dutch fans were in high hope after the team’s decline for a few years. They didn’t qualified for the Euros in 2016 and the World Cup in 2018. It was the worst time in the Netherlands football history. It was not a good time to put soccer betting on the Netherlands.

They qualified for a major tournament after the 2014 World Cup, that is, the 2020 Euros. But under de Boer, they didn’t perform well as expected. Shockingly, they were knocked out after a loss against the Czech Republic in the Round of 16. After the poor performances, Louis Van Gaal replaced him.

Van Gaal took over the team in a high-pressure situation. He had to refresh the squad after that poor performance against the Czech. He was pretty clear about the challenges. The primary duty was to qualify the team for the 2022 World Cup after eight long years. But in the qualifiers, the team was not in a good position. As only the table toppers of each group will directly for the World Cup, it was a challenging situation for him. But after that, what the fans saw was the natural effect of Van Gaal on the team. In his first match, it was a draw against Norway. But it was learning for him. After that game, he knew what changes the team should have to exhibit good football. The effect was on full flow in the next match, and we saw a 4-0 thumping victory against Montenegro. After a long time, the fans saw an entertaining performance from the Dutch.

The next crucial match was against Turkey, who won a game earlier in March. Everyone was expecting a challenging game. But it was just an easy game for the Dutch side. They destroyed Turkey for six goals. One of the best performances from the Dutch. The goals were raining.

Against Latvia, they had a 1-0 victory and last day a 6-0 victory against Gibraltar.
After Van Gaal‘s take over, the team scored 18 goals and conceded just 3.

Frank de Boer had the same team. But he didn’t know how to use them. But Van Gaal knew how to use the team efficiently. That’s the technique of Van Gaal.