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Van Gaal worry about heat, humidity in Fortaleza

English.news.cn   2014-06-29 08:35:01

FORTALEZA, Brazil, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal on Saturday showed his worry about the heat and humidity in Brazil's northern coastal city of Fortaleza where the Netherlands and Mexico will play their World Cup round of 16 duel on Sunday.

"I came here a year ago, and today it is hotter," Van Gaal told a pre-game press conference here. "We try to get fit to the climate here but up to now I have to say that not everyone fit."

"Our opponents Mexico are better than us to get used to the climate," he noted, adding, "we have to face extreme conditions and it will be a very difficult match."

Half-joking, Van Gaal also asked for more water to be prepared around the pitch.

Furthermore, Van Gaal showed his dissatisfaction over the pitch condition. "The pitch is very important for a match. I checked the pitch here. It is not that good."

However, Van Gaal sang highly of his team's spirit, terming the group stage "fantastic" and his 23 players "cohesive".

"We produce and keep the harmony among the players and staff. I enjoy it," he noted.

The Netherlands boasted three straight victories, including the 5-1 humiliation over defending champions Spain, and 10 goals to top Group B, which also included Chile and Australia.

As to a question about if he would field five defenders again in the Mexico game, Van Gaal said that every match has an emphasis. But he refused to disclose anything about his team's formation. "You will see it tomorrow."

In the last group match against Chile, Van Gaal fielded veteran forward Dirk Kuyt in the starting line-up. However, instead of playing in the front, the 34-year-old Kuyt often stood in the defense line, and the Dutch formation turned out to be 5-3-2.

The consevative playing style was criticized by many Dutch fans and Dutch media. Van Gaal said today that it is not strange for people to have different views and in Brazil he got more support.

"It is very difficult for a national team to form the best formation in just two or three weeks," he noted.

As for the opponents, Van Gaal said that Mexico play "identically" and they have "skills, quality and eagerness to win".

But the Dutch coach expressed his confidence in beating Mexico, saying he had found the way out, and asked journalists to "wait and see".


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