Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal will test his goalkeepers in a special penalty shootout training session on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
Louis Van Gaal has selected four goalkeepers for the Nations League matches in Poland (September 22) and against Belgium (September 25). If the Dutchman aims to finish at the top of his group, he is also preparing for the World Cup (November 20-December 18). That’s why two more goalkeepers will join the Netherlands on Wednesday for specific penalty shootout training.
“I am looking for the best penalty saver and we are therefore testing all the goalkeepers, explained Van Gaal at a press conference on Monday. I’m always looking for the small benefits and that’s why I pay special attention to this issue. We have seen in the past that penalty shootouts play a big role in the World Cup. »
Indeed, the Netherlands coach stood out during the 2014 World Cup by changing goalkeepers a few minutes before the end of extra time in the quarter-final against Costa Rica in Brazil. Tim Krul had made two saves during the penalty shootout to ensure the qualification of his selection.
If he were authorized by FIFA to summon 26 players for the World Cup, Louis Van Gaal would include four goalkeepers in his list.