Dutch newspaper creates World Cup barometer to track Van Gaal's mood

Dutch newspaper AD creates a World Cup barometer to track Louis van Gaal’s mood throughout the tournament – and reveals it’s a POSITIVE start for the Holland boss after Wednesday’s press conference

  • Louis van Gaal’s mood will be tracked by a Dutch newspaper at the World Cup
  • AD has designed a barometer to judge the manager’s mood at press conferences
  • Holland face Ecuador on Sunday in what is Van Gaal’s second World Cup as boss
  • The 71-year-old is well known for his unpredictable mood and decision-making 

Dutch newspaper AD is using a World Cup Louis van Gaal barometer to track the mood of Holland’s manager in press conferences throughout the tournament. 

Van Gaal heads to Qatar in what is his second World Cup in charge of the Oranje, having led his country to third place at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Holland, who did not qualify for the Russia World Cup in 2018, have since rediscovered form under Van Gaal and finished top of their Nations League group in September, undefeated in all six matches with five wins and one draw.

A Dutch newspaper has designed a barometer to track Louis van Gaal’s mood at the World Cup

The Holland boss was deemed to be in a positive mood during Wednesday’s press conference

Ahead of what promises to be a fruitful tournament, with Holland heading in as Group A favourites alongside Senegal, Ecuador and hosts Qatar, Dutch outlet AD have decided to create a barometer to track the unpredictable mood of the manager.

The head coach strangely revealed in a press conference on Wednesday that Holland’s kit numbers for the World Cup will be determined in order of age as opposed to position. 

According to the Dutch newspaper, Van Gaal’s mood was positive during his chat with the media, as Holland prepare to take on Ecuador on Sunday.

Frenkie de Jong (R) and Matthijs De Light (C) train ahead of Holland’s clash against Ecuador

The 71-year-old also said that Holland fans who are boycotting the World Cup because of human rights concerns were right to do so, but still hopes the supporters tune in to watch the final on television should his side make it past the last four.

Van Gaal has built up a reputation for making unconventional decisions at major tournaments, notably when he replaced Jasper Cillessen with back-up goalkeeper Tim Krul in 2014 just before Holland’s quarter-final penalty shootout against Costa Rica.

His final squad selection raised a few eyebrows last week, with in-form Newcastle defender Sven Botman and Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch missing out on call-ups.

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