Saturday, June 14, 2014


Best buddies: Van Persie praised Van Gaal's tactics and ran over to the manager after netting his first goal
Robin Van Persie has revealed that Netherland coach, Louis Van Gaal had predicted the 5-1 against world champion, Spain

Van Persie grabbed two goals, including a stunning diving header, as 2010's losing finalists ran riot over the Spaniards.

Few could see beyond Spain before kick off with their brilliant defensive record and back-to-back tournament wins providing formidable opposition, but Van Gaal's Holland ripped them apart in a stunning 5-1 win.

The Manchester United striker, who is set to continue under Van Gaal when he takes over at Old Trafford after the World Cup, was eager to share in some mutual back-slapping with Van Gaal, giving him the lion’s share of the credit for the result.

'This is incredible and inexplicable,' Van Persie told Voetbal International. 'For us, this is a dream come true and we have to enjoy it - everyone in Holland must too.

That's how it's done: Van Gaal greets Van Persie as he is subbed off in the Salvador slaughter
'This is because of the coach. He has prepared us great and he predicted how the game would go. It’s incredible, because it was exactly as he and the staff predicted for us.'

In winning 5-1, Holland inflicted Spain's worst defeat in 51 years and Van Gaal's side produced a result that nobody could have expected, with some bookmakers pricing a 5-1 win at 500/1 pre-match.

'In the end, it could have been six, seven or eight,' Van Persie said. 'But, really, it couldn’t be better.'

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