So Louis van Gaal will stop after the World Cup 2014.
What does that mean? That he doesn’t really like the job? Or is he so confident we can win it that he won’t be keen to go on?
Or is he all about “Louis me me me” and only cares about him experiencing the World Cup as a coach (as he said so often).
I don’t know the answer. What I do know, is that we will have a real chance on the title. No matter what whoever says. Even no matter what Louis says.
He said: there are eight other teams with as much or more chance on winning it. Of course. On paper, that is true.
But England? Really? I believe the traditional nations will be on the list: Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Holland.
France? Belgium? Portugal? Mexico? England? Outsiders….
I think Holland will be a candidate for the title, because of the following names: Louis van Gaal, Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie.
Maybe we can add Wesley Sneijder to the list. Maybe Rafael van der Vaart. Maybe.
Add a mix of Stekelenburg/Vorm, Strootman, Huntelaar and a couple of young talents and people will look at us as an exciting team.
And Louis will make sure we will play exciting. Maybe not as good as his Ajax 1995, but with the right intentions.
And yes, our squad will be young. Our defensive four will probably be on average 23 years old or so.
Oranje scored prolifically last time in Brazil
And it’s quite likely that our midfield will have a 22 year old or younger (Fer, Maher, Van Ginkel, Clasie). Just like we will have a couple of young bucks up front.
And it is ALL good. Louis van Gaal has demonstrated a couple of things. 1) he is a very good coach, 2) he is a difficult bloke to work with, 3) he will clash with experienced players and 4) has reached his best results with young players he can mould.
And don’t forget: our only real prize we won in 1988 was won with a young and relatively inexperienced squad. The Milan Three only played in Italy for one season and one Marco van Basten sat most of the Milan games on the bench or in sickbay. Koeman was not yet in Spain. Arnold Muhren was 37 years old and Van Breukelen wasn’t a spring chicken anymore, but players like Van Aerle, Rijkaard, Koeman (2x), Vanenburg, Kieft, Bosman and Van ‘t Schip were not seen as world beaters, outside of Holland. Talents, for sure, but not much more. Tiggelen played in Belgium, Kieft was with a second rate Italian club, Erwin Koeman in Belgium, Vaantje at PSV, Schippie at Ajax….
And they won it.
Just like we can win it.
We have two of the best forwards. We have a couple of great goalies. Talented defenders and razorsharp midfielders.
If someone can make it work, it is Louis.
I am positive!
Kuyt even scored a brace!