Scaloni excited to tackle Van Gaal

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Lionel Scaloni stated he was wanting ahead to taking up Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal within the World Cup quarter-finals after his Argentina aspect beat Australia 2-1 on Saturday.

Goals from Lionel Messi and Julian Alvarez gave Argentina a profitable cushion on the Ahmad bin Ali stadium in Qatar earlier than an Enzo Fernandez personal objective arrange a frantic end.

Argentina will face the Dutch within the final eight on Friday after the Netherlands beat the United States 3-1 earlier within the day.

It will give Scaloni, 44, the prospect to come back up in opposition to a coach he already idolised when he was nonetheless a participant.

“I was at Deportivo La Coruna when he was Barcelona coach and he was already a leading figure, I’m proud to take him on, everyone knows what he’s done for football,” stated Scaloni of the 71-year-old Van Gaal.

Scaloni was truly a part of the Deportivo aspect that pipped Van Gaal’s Barcelona to the La Liga title in 2000.

He stated this Dutch aspect shouldn’t be as gifted as earlier generations however will nonetheless present Argentina with a stern take a look at.

“It’s not as brilliant as previous Dutch teams, but they are very clear on what they do,” stated Scaloni.

“It will be a great match between two historic teams. One will be knocked out, we hope we go through.”

The Argentina coach paid tribute to a plucky Socceroos aspect who pushed their extra illustrious opponents all the best way, even forcing goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez right into a late save to forestall the tie heading into extra-time.

“We’re satisfied, above all because today’s match was very difficult, their pressing was asphyxiating,” stated Scaloni, who felt Argentina ought to have put the sport to mattress and saved themselves the nervy finale.

“The team didn’t deserve those closing minutes because we had chances to increase the lead,” he added.

And he paid tribute to Argentine followers who as soon as once more took over the vast majority of the stadium in Qatar and created a vibrant ambiance all through the sport.

“It is a true injection of morale, I would like the whole world to experience what a player feels when he goes to these people.”