Van Gaal has successfully made a strong team. The Netherlands, who topped their group and comfortably defeated the USA in the round of 16, are ready to face one of the deadliest sides in the World Cup, Argentina.
Both teams are going to face each other for the 10th time in footballing history. Players from the Netherlands have a diverse spectrum of abilities, which can make all the difference in the match. Argentina, on the other hand, is looking strong, Messi is just phenomenal in this World Cup.
So, both the teams are good in terms of the quality of players, but let’s look at 7 key players of the match from both sides.
7. Andries Noppert
The tallest player in the world cup with a height of 2.03 meters is ready to face the G.O.A.T Messi. In his recent interview, he said, “Messi is human just like us”. Well, that is a huge statement, let’s see if will he be able to stop him or not.
6. Van Dijk
One of the best defenders of our generation, going to create a problem for the Argentinian attack. Even Messi in 2019 named him the toughest defender he ever faced. So, it would be interesting to see these giants battling for the ball.
5. Julian Alvarez
This is the boy who even surprised Messi. He is doing so well in this Argentinian team that he is filling the gap of Martinez who is currently out of form. This 22-year-old helped Argentina so many times throughout the World Cup.
4. Frankie De Jong
We can’t miss this 25-year-old midfielder. He is talented, and skillful and can create a problem for Argentina. However, unlike Noppert, he admits he can’t stop Messi. He said in a recent press conference, “I honestly don’t know how to stop him”.
3. Rodrigo De Paul
The man who has Messi’s back is often called the Bodyguard. He has been a crucial player for Argentina in this competition, let’s see how he will perform in the quarterfinals.
2. Memphis Depay
Always been important to the team’s attack, his style of game is significant and can be used to break the Argentinian defense. He is pacey and tricky and his direct running makes him hard to handle.
1. Lionel Messi
I mean there is no need to mention how important this guy is to the team. Not just this time but always, he is the most important player. He is a nightmare for the defenders, Netherlands defense line has to be very careful with him.