Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal said Friday (1/4) that the draw for the Orange team at the 2022 World Cup was easier than the last time they appeared at the 2014 World Cup.
The Netherlands are in Group A with hosts Qatar, Ecuador and African Cup of Nations winners Senegal.
At the 2014 World Cup, the Netherlands were in the same group as Chile, Spain and Australia. At that time they made it to the semifinals.
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“This draw is better than 2014 but it means nothing,” Van Gaal told NOS. “Even so, we will strengthen ourselves ahead of the World Cup.”
Van Gaal, who sparked controversy last month after mentioning hosting the World Cup in Qatar, admitted he had predicted the Netherlands would face the hosts.
“It was just friendly but it felt great when the prophecy came true,” said Van Gaal.
“I’ve never been to Qatar or Senegal, so I’m not familiar with either country.”
“Even so, we have scouts who can see their performances. We will analyze our opponents,” he continued.
Van Gaal accused FIFA of holding the World Cup in Qatar because of money problems. “That is FIFA’s main motivation.” (AFP/OL-1)