DOHA ( Associated Press) — The losers of the final, the background and Lionel Messi. It seems that the Netherlands has a heavy load on its shoulders.
But for Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, none of these issues are particularly worrying ahead of the Oranje’s duel against Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals.
“We just want to go out there and show our quality, show the team spirit, show the unity we have and hopefully take the next steps,” the Liverpool defender said in English at a press conference at Liverpool University on Wednesday. But go ahead.” ,
“It is not the pressure of not winning the World Cup. We are united, that’s the most important thing”, he declared when asked if he and his teammates would win the first World Cup trophy for the Netherlands after losing the final in 1974, 1978 (against Argentina). feel more responsibility. And 2010. .
Coach Louis van Gaal has instead said that the Netherlands are keen to avenge their Brazil 2014 semi-final loss to Argentina on penalties. Van Dijk admitted he was taking the penalty, but it’s “not a guarantee” when you play in a match. stadium in front of 80,000 people”.
The 1.95m tall defender called star Messi “one of the best players of all time” but warned: “We can’t just worry about him.”
In this sense, he specifically mentioned Manchester City’s young talent Julián Álvarez, who has scored two goals in his first World Cup.
“He is a very good player, very quick. He has a bright future,” he analyzed.
“I’m not worried, I’m obviously cautious because Argentina are a great team with great players,” the defender insisted. “We must prepare very well and continue as before.”