09/02/2021 at 12:45 AM CEST
The Netherlands coach, Louis van Gaal, made self-criticism after the draw (1-1) against Norway and praised the efficiency of forward Erling Haaland, that scored the local goal.
“We knew Haaland was extremely dangerous and he showed it again tonight, luckily he scored just one goal. In the first twenty minutes we have had a very bad time with himbut that also happened because he received passes too easily, “Van Gaal told Dutch television NOS.
“It could have been worse, because Haaland hit the post“, said the coach in reference to a play in the second half,” but in total he had three occasions, “he added.
Van Gaal reaped a draw on his return as coach of the “Oranje” and He was critical of the performance of his own “in the corners and free kicks”, because his men “did not arrive and they have to do much better.”
“We can think that this team is one of the best in the world, but it is not like that,” said the coach, who acknowledged that “Norway were better as a team“.
On the other hand, defender Virgil van Dijk acknowledged that it was difficult for him to face Haaland. “It’s very dangerous, but the goal he scored should never have happened“said the Liverpool center-back, who criticized teammate Cody Gakpo because” he fell behind as we advanced to knock Haaland offside. ”