Louis van Gaal tells Dutch journalist 'you have no idea' after he claimed ex-Man Utd boss plays defensive football

LOUIS VAN GAAL has blasted a journalist for saying his new Holland team play "defensively" like Chelsea and Liverpool

Former Manchester United boss LVG bellowed "You have no idea!" at Valentijn Driessen.

Van Gaal denied using cautious tactics and praised Thomas Tuchel for transforming Chelsea to Champions League winners in just half a season.

LVG became Holland boss for the third time last month, five years after United sacked him from his last management job.

And the Dutch are top of their World Cup qualifying group after Van Gaal's promising start in the September international break.

After a 1-1 draw at second-placed Norway, Holland landed two easy home wins, 4-0 over Montenegro and 6-1 against Turkey on Tuesday.

Van Gaal, 70, has switched to four at the back after being criticised for dull 3-5-2 tactics at Old Trafford.

Driessen suggested LVG is keen to use more defensive play.

But the ex-Bayern Munich and Barcelona chief pointed to Euro 2020 kings Italy being held 0-0 in Switzerland and 1-1 at home to Bulgaria.

Van Gaal added: "It's not all that easy. Defensive football has made its appearance and there is applause for that afterwards."

Driessen responded: "But the one applauding is you. You also want to play like Chelsea and Liverpool."

And when LVG queried if that was "defensive football" Driessen claimed: "It's what Chelsea do."

That was when Van Gaal hit out hardest.

He said: "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 shows it every time, with different formations. And I take my hat off to Mr Tuchel, because he got in halfway through (last season)."

Driessen asked of the Blues' 1-0 Champions League final win: "Did you enjoy Chelsea more than Manchester City?"

LVG responded: 'Yes of course!'"

And when Driessen argued that Van Gaal had become more defensive over the years, the veteran manager said: "Have you ever heard of evolution? I'm developing too… at the age of seventy."

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