Van Gaal Explains Germany World Cup Exit; Announces National Team Desire
Bayern Munich’s head coach Louis Van Gaal has spoke to Kicker magazine in Germany about Germany’s World Cup exit, and his ambitions after Bayern Munich.
Van Gaal spoke to the fact that Germany decided to sit back against Spain, a team that if attacked, he believes, would have been beatable.
“That was the only game in which the Germans did not attack. Pity. [The Germans] only ran to the back, and so they lost.”
Van Gaal suggested that if Germany pressed Spain, like they pressed and attacked the rest of their World Cup opponents, it would have been Germany in the final. He also suggested that Spain do not have too many defensive players, and Germany should have tried to exploit this.
Van Gaal also spoke about his desire to become a national team coach after his contract expires with Bayern Munich, which will not be something Die Roten fans want to hear after all the success he has been bringing to the club.
“My contract ends next year and I am not going to sign a new one before then. I won’t sign in the autumn or in the winter. I want to be a national team coach. I should really quit Bayern now because now is the time when national team coaches are being appointed. Therefore, maybe I will extend my contract here by one year until 2012 and then take over a country (after Euro 2012). I am going to be at the next World Cup. I think so. I hope so.”
Van Gaal has been one of the picks to succeed Bert Van Marwijk as the Dutch national team coach, but after Van Marwijk’s side reached the final, the Dutch position may not be available for another four years.