Louis van Gaal will switch to a 5-3-2 formation for the Dutch national team as soon as a World Cup ticket is received.

The national coach emphasizes once again that he thinks this is the ideal system for Orange and that it is not so bad with the players' preference for 4-3-3.

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It is crucial for Van Gaal that the Orange squad qualifies directly for the World Cup in Qatar next month by keeping Norway and Turkey behind in qualifying group G. In that case, the Netherlands will play two practice matches in March instead of heavy play-offs, in which no there is room to hone in on a new system.

"If we qualify in November, we will make it easy for ourselves. Then I can change the system in March," said Van Gaal, who only played 4-3-3 with the Orange in this qualifying series.

"I think this selection was made for 5-3-2. Many players already know the system from their club."

Van Gaal opted for 4-3-3 when he took office because that was the preference of the players, after the Orange under predecessor Frank de Boer had already been eliminated in the eighth finals of the European Championship in a 5-3-2 system.

Still, Van Gaal doesn't think he will have to convince the players of returning to 5-3-2.

"They trust me because I've shown it so far. Moreover, the players have not explicitly said that they want to play 4-3-3. They only indicated that it was preferable. They are not strongly opposed to 5 3-2."

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Van Gaal also sees a future for 4-3-3

Van Gaal's statements come after qualifying matches against Latvia and Gibraltar in which new wingers appeared with Noa Lang and Arnaut Danjuma.

In a 5-3-2 system there is less room for these types of players;

Steven Berghuis, for example, was a bench seat at the European Championships.

Van Gaal does see a future for wingers, because he wants to be able to switch during matches.

"At the 2014 World Cup we played 5-3-2 with the Orange, but if that didn't work, we switched to 4-3-3. Players were used to that then. That way you can make it difficult for an opponent. suddenly against another system."

The Orange squad will first play against Montenegro next month (November 13), after which the group stage will be concluded with the squatter against Norway in De Kuip (November 16).

Subsequently, no qualifying matches are scheduled for the whole of 2022, but only practice matches and Nations League matches in the run-up to the World Cup in Qatar, which starts in more than thirteen months.

Group G . position

  • 1. Netherlands 8-19 (29-6)

  • 2. Norway 8-17 (14-6)

  • 3. Turkey 8-15 (19-15)

  • 4. Montenegro 8-11 (11-10)

  • 5. Latvia 8-6 (8-12)

  • 6. Gibraltar 8-0 (3-34)

See also: View the remaining World Cup qualifying program of Orange and the competition