Argentina take on the Netherlands in a crucial game for their World Cup hopes, but it will probably be even more special for a player who didn’t have a good time playing under Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.
A shock loss to Saudi Arabia on their group debut is a thing of the past for Argentina, who have claimed three straight victories en route to the Qatar 2022 quarter-finals, where they will face the Netherlands.
Lionel Messi and co have renewed hope in a country where people seem downright optimistic about their team’s chances of winning this year’s World Cup. However, the Dutch side will represent a huge test of their aspirations.
It’s sure to be a special game for all at La Albiceleste, with Messi possibly facing his last chance to lift the coveted trophy in Qatar. But it’s safe to say that Angel Di Maria will have extra motivation for the matter.
Angel Di Maria once called the Netherlands boss Louis van Gall the worst coach he’s ever had
Di Maria will see a familiar face in the Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, though his memories aren’t great. Di Maria played under van Gaal at Manchester United, but it was a forgettable experience in his career as he lasted only one season at Old Trafford.
“My problem at Manchester was the coach,” Di Maria said in an interview with TyC Sports last year. “Van Gaal was the worst coach of my career. I would score, assist, and the next day he would show me my misplaced passes. He displaced me from one day to the other, he didn’t like players being more than him.”
After missing the Australia game, Di Maria is doubtful for Friday’s game. Will he help Argentina go further in Qatar?