Lionel Messi has admitted that he felt disrespected by Netherlands supervisor Louis van Gaal within the build-up to Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final victory.
The match become a hot-tempered affair, with quite a few on-field brawls all through the 120 minutes and even after the penalty shoot-out, with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz dispensing yellow playing cards left, proper and centre.
After successful the shoot-out, quite a few Argentina gamers overtly celebrated in entrance of the Dutch squad, whereas Messi himself even directed a taunt in the direction of Van Gaal who, within the build-up to the sport, accused the Paris Saint-Germain ahead of failing to assist his crew once they haven’t got the ball.
“I really feel disrespected by Van Gaal after his pre-game feedback and a few Dutch gamers spoke an excessive amount of in the course of the sport,” Messi informed reporters after the sport.
He added: “Van Gaal sells that he performs good soccer after which he places forwards within the field and begins throwing lengthy balls. We deserved to undergo and that is what occurred.”
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Messi wasn’t the one Argentine to take purpose at Van Gaal, with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who saved the Netherlands’ first two penalties, additionally admitting he felt significantly impressed to get one over on the veteran boss.
“I heard Van Gaal saying ‘we have got a bonus on penalties, if we go to penalties we win,'” Martinez mentioned. “I believe he must preserve his mouth shut.”
As for the picture of Argentina celebrating in entrance of the Dutch squad, centre-back Nicolas Otamendi was joyful to clarify why he selected to taunt his opponents.
“I celebrated of their faces as a result of there was a one Netherlands participant, who at each penalty kick we had, was coming and saying issues to considered one of our gamers,” he confessed. “The image was taken out of context, and we celebrated in response to it.”