Former United boss Van Gaal slams journalist over ‘Chelsea tactics’ accusation

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Louis van Gaal had a two year spell as Manchester United manager, having taken over from David Moyes back in 2014.

Van Gaal won the FA Cup in his second season at the club, but his approach to the game was heavily criticised in England as he laid so much emphasis on possession, with chances usually few for both sides.

Van Gaal has now been appointed as Netherlands Head Coach and he had an interesting press conference on Monday, where he was involved in an argument with Dutch journalist Valentijn Driessen.

Driessen had suggested that the former Manchester United manager is planning on adopting a defensive approach with the Netherlands national team like the Chelsea team, but Van Gaal blasted the journalist in a most funny manner.

Van Gaal is set to play five at the back for the Netherlands, but he insists it’s not a defensive formation.

“Look at the results, look at Italy… European champions, they have now drawn twice,” said Van Gaal.

“It’s not all that easy. Defensive football has made its appearance and there is applause for that afterwards.”

Driessen then replied: “But the one applauding is you. You also want to play like Chelsea and Liverpool.”

But Van Gaal fired back: “Is that defensive football, in your eyes?”

Driessen replied: “It’s what Chelsea do.”

Van Gaal then responded: “Not at all, Valentijn.

“You have no idea at all. I’m sorry to say it, but you’re just a journalist. You want to implement your vision, but you have no vision in football. You have a vision for the newspaper, fantastic. You attract attention, and so on.

“But with 5-3-2 or 5-2-3 you can attack incredibly well.

“Chelsea show it every time, with different formations. And I take my hat off to Mr Tuchel, because he got in halfway through [last season].”