Benitez’s refusal to sign the World Cup star for £55 million cost Everton dearly

Abandoning the 4-3-3 system, which was made famous by the illustrious Johan Cruyff and is widely used in the Netherlands, is virtually considered an act of vandalism by locals. It would be like arriving at the pearly gates of heaven and then smacking Saint Peter in the face before beginning to recite Richard Dawkins’s writings.

As a result, the criticism was excruciatingly predictable when Louis van Gaal, who was serving in his second stint as manager of the Dutch national team, reintroduced the back-three formation that had helped the Dutch finish in third place at the 2014 World Cup.

Van Gaal told a particularly inquisitive reporter, “I’m not going to expand on it because I think you have a different opinion of football,” after the Netherlands secured their place in the last-16 over in Qatar; more functional than thrilling in their group-stage performances. “I’m not going to expand on it because I think you have a different opinion of football,” Van Gaal said.

“Why don’t you write that you think (the football) is very boring, and that you are going home tomorrow because you couldn’t care less? ” “Why don’t you write that you think (the football) is terribly boring?

“You and I disagree on this matter. That’s your point of view, right? (that the Dutch play dull football). However, I do not believe that your viewpoint is the true viewpoint. I believe that everyone here should feel a sense of pride that we have advanced to the next round.

“In my opinion, the state of affairs is not nearly as dire as you portray it to be.”

During the Netherlands’ 3-1 victory over the United States on Saturday afternoon, one wing-back was responsible for setting up the other for a goal. The scorer subsequently returned the favor later in the very same game, which gave the impression that Van Gaal’s techniques were justified.

Denzel Dumfries, a former target for Everton, impresses for Netherlands in victory against USA

Denzel Dumfries, who had previously provided an assist for Memphis Depay’s first goal, surged down the right wing for a second time shortly before halftime, and this time, the advancing Daley Blind was able to slide the inch-perfect full-back pass into the back of the net. Shortly after Haji Wright’s strange finish cut the deficit in half, Blind returned the favor by scoring a goal himself; his chipped cross was volleyed in by Dumfries at the back post. Blind’s goal was the equalizer.

Whoever argued that Van Gaal’s 5-3-2 formation was overly pragmatic should have their head examined after your right wingback contributed one goal and two assists.

During the telecast on the BBC, former England international Micah Richards remarked, “Denzel Dumfries; I mean, what a player!” Richards was speaking about Denzel Dumfries. “I just thought that he played an outstanding game overall, beginning with the assist and continuing with the timing of his runs,” I said.

The performance that earned Dumfries the Man of the Match award occurred on the most important of occasions, and it gave the impression that it was more than justification for Van Gaal. However, this also applies to Marcel Brands. Before he broke out at Euro 2020, the former Everton director who worked with Dumfries during his time at PSV Eindhoven was eager to bring the former Heerenveen ace to Goodison Park in a deal worth £12 million. Dumfries eventually signed with Inter Milan after the tournament.

Rafael Benitez, however, blocked Dumfries’ entry (Voetbal International).

Now that Dumfries is worth £55 million and he has a Man of the Match performance in the World Cup knockout rounds under his belt, it’s tough to say which has aged worse: Dumfries or his World Cup performance. The decision made by Benitez, or the criticism of Van Gaal’s strategies for victory.

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