Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes the criticism of Dutch legend Marco van Basten was “an attack on me as a person.”
The Dutch legend slammed Van Dijk for his role in Enner Valencia’s equalizer The Netherlands beat Ecuador in a 1-1 draw in his second match of the World Cup.
The Netherlands have four points after beating Senegal 2-0 in their World Cup debut and a point against hosts Qatar secures qualification.
However, his performances have been criticized and Van Basten has dealt a heavy blow to Van Dijk’s defense against Ecuador.
“Van Dijk is just waiting and watching him shoot,” Van Basten said. Nope. “What is he looking at? He must be on it! He just lets it shoot!”
and thoughtful his immediate reaction to Van Basten’s comments In an interview with the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (up sports witness), Van Dijk regrets how he dealt with criticism.
“I don’t think it’s really positive, so what am I supposed to do with it? Actually, now I mainly blame myself,” Van Dijk said.
“I have to be above that. And then I go back to the hotel after the game and then I think: that’s (his reaction from him) to AD, of course. Well, that’s how it works. And other than that: I can handle criticism very well. When you play at the top, they constantly criticize you when things don’t go well.”
But he doubled down on his criticism of Van Basten, and the Dutch legend hasn’t been afraid to call out Van Dijk in the past.
Van Dijk added: “It also felt a bit like an attack on me as a person, on my role as a leader. That’s what I thought at one point, so shortly after the game, well… that triggered me. i’m only human
“For Van Basten to say that I should have pressed the ball more with that goal, that I didn’t do enough? Penalty fee. These are football moments. You also have to be critical. I know very well when I am making a mistake or when I can do something better”.
On the difference between playing for Liverpool and the Netherlands, Van Dijk continued: “But that also has to do with the way we play. I am the medium [of back 3] with orange The left and right central defenders are perhaps even more important in preparation. And rightly so: Nathan Aké is left-footed, Jurriën Timber is also very good on the ball, ”he said.
“In my role, I often have the striker in front and I am the lock on the door. I’m very comfortable with that, really, but it’s a different role.
“Nope [formation not an issue], no problem. Because we’ve played very well in this formation in the last 10 games or so. Ball possession, pressing: That often worked very well against countries that were not entirely inferior. We have to get back to this level, and quickly.”
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