Louis Van Gaal defends Long Ball comments

2Manchester United manger Louis van Gaal handed out a four page dossier today to bemused journalists as he hit back at Sam Allardyce’s claim that they are a long-ball team.

Allardyce described Van Gaal’s side as “long-ball United” after Sunday’s draw.

But Van Gaal disputed Sam claims saying “Because I expected this question, I have made an interpretation of the data for this game and then I have to say that it is not a good interpretation from Big Sam,  We played long balls with width to switch the play and then you see of course we play long balls, but more long balls out wide than to the strikers,” began the Dutchman’s staunch defence of his playing style in his pre-match press conference.  And a ball to the forwards is mainly called long balls played. Now, because I expected this question I have made interpretation of the data of this game, and then I have to say that it’s not good interpretation from Big Sam, it’s not so difficult also to read. I’m sorry, we are playing ball possession play. After 70 minutes we don’t succeed in spite of many chances in the second half, then I change my play style and then of course with the quality of  Fellaini we played more forward balls. We scored because of that also, so I think a very good decision of the manager. But, when you see overall the long ball and what is the percentage of that, then West Ham United have played 71 per cent of the long balls to the forwards and we 49%. So, I give you this (dossier) also you can see the blue ones are the good ones, because long balls are mostly very difficult, which is why I began with the explanation of ball possession. When you have 62% ball possession you cannot play long balls only. Again they did it with 71% and us 49%, and I give it to you. You can copy it, and then you go to Big Sam and maybe he can do a good interpretation.”




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2 comments on “Louis Van Gaal defends Long Ball comments

  1. The van gaal press conference was hilarious. You can see exactly how much Sam has got under his skin. The funniest bit is when he hands over his stats dossier like its evidence in a courtroom and the pained apologetic look on the face of the woman next to him who he hands it to.

  2. My wife is not into football at all but when she watched Van Gaal over my shoulder today I just heard the coment I thought I was listening to that program the Undatables then I looked up relised what it was ! I never laughed some much for so long,
    Play it again SAM ( no changes in team or style ) Please.

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