Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal has claimed that compatriots Frenkie de Jong and Ronald Koeman are being criticized by Barcelona followers as a result of they’re “foreigners”.
Koeman, who’s at present in cost at Barça, is below fireplace after his workforce’s great begin to the season.
They have received simply three of their seven opening La Liga matches and have additionally fallen to back-to-back 3-0 defeats within the Champions League towards Bayern Munich and Benfica respectively.
Some elements of the fan base have additionally caught their boots in De Jong for what they understand as a unhealthy type run.
Van Gaal spoke to the press forward of the Netherlands’ World Cup qualifier towards Gibraltar on Monday, claiming he knew why the pair have been being questioned.
“When everything goes well and you make great efforts, as Frenkie de Jong has done for the last two years, there is nothing to worry about. But when things go wrong, the people of Barcelona always look to foreigners. And in this case, the coach is applying, he said.
Van Gaal’s has a strained relationship with Barça, stemming from his two spells as manager in the late 1990s and early 2000s. During both of these governments, controversy was never far away with Iron Tulip clashing with the Catalan press throughout his time in the hot seat.
Van Gaal went on to claim that “historical past repeats itself” in Barcelona, and advised Koeman not to “pay a lot consideration” to his opponents.
Later in his press conference, he began discussing De Jong’s performance for the national team, before checking himself. He then claimed that when discussing his players’ achievements, his words take “a lifetime of their very own within the media”.