Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said Tuesday (22/3).
This situation disrupted the plans of the Dutch national team in undergoing friendly matches against Denmark and Germany.
The Netherlands is scheduled to host Denmark on Sunday (27/3) in Amsterdam. Three days later against Germany in the midst of their preparations for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar later this year.
The KNVB said assistant coaches Danny Blind, Henk Fraser and Frans Hoek would take charge of the team’s preparations ahead of the two games.
The 70-year-old admitted on Monday that he wanted to use this week to introduce a new system of play into the team by emulating the 3-4-3 approach Chelsea used when they won the Champions League last season.
He told a press conference yesterday that that was the reason he called up 28 players for the two friendlies.
This week is their only chance to implement the new system before taking on four of their four UEFA Nations League matches in June.
The Netherlands also play two more Nations League games ahead of the World Cup kickoff in November. (OL-8)