World Cup | Louis Van Gaal downplays Brazil’s performance against South Korea: ‘Just a counter team’

Brazil’s almost perfect performance against South Korea (4-1) Monday night was recognized by world football. But the Seleção was not unanimous. Because Tuesday at a press conference, Louis Van Gaal minimized the collective performance of Tite’s men. “I read in the Dutch media that it was sparkling, but it is only a counter team. South Korea only attacked“, dropped the 71-year-old technician.

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Before thinking of Brazil (note: opposed to Croatia in the quarterfinals), who could be his opponent in the semi-finals in the event of victory against Argentina on Friday evening, Louis Van Gaal will have to find a solution to contain Lionel Messi, author of three goals since the start of the World Cup. “He is of course the most dangerous player, he is the one who manages to create the most chanceshe pointed out. But on the other hand, he is not always very involved when the opponent has possession of the ball. Maybe it’s our luck too.”

For his part, Nathan Aké, the Dutch international defender of Manchester City, considered that the meeting against the Argentinians “won’t be easy“.”And apart from Lionel Messi, there are other players we will have to worry abouthe continued. I think the team has been one of our strengths since the start of the tournament. Maybe we don’t have the greatest individual talents in the world but we are very strong as a team..” Argentina and Brazil have been warned.

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