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[25] Robin Van Persie on a difficult start to his relationship with Louis Van Gaal

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  • [25] Robin Van Persie on a difficult start to his relationship with Louis Van Gaal

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    “We had our first team meeting after the European Championships, which had not gone exactly great in Poland and Ukraine. Louis wanted to talk to all the players. He also let the squad, which he had picked, talk about what had gone wrong in the previous Euros tournament. In my individual meeting with Louis, he told me I would no longer be the No.1 striker. He preferred to go with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and I had to accept a place among the reserves. When I went home to Manchester after our training camp in Holland and sitting for 90 minutes on the bench in Louis’ first international game with the Dutch, I said to my wife that I did enjoy his training sessions and that he did come across very well as coach. So, my wife replied, ‘That’s great. So you have a good manager, but you are not going to play!’ Louis just did not know me. He had to get to know me as a person and I had to get to know him. Only one month later, he picked me as his No.1 striker again, eight months later he made me captain of Holland and now we are preparing for the finals in Brazil.”


    “The World Cup is not about Robin van Persie. It is about our team doing well. I love a big tournament, but I don’t need to have the limelight. If we, the Dutch, win and I can make half of our goals, instead of scoring, I will be just as happy. I’d rather get into another World Cup Final, having run my socks off for everyone else, than go home on the first plane after the group stage and having scored a few goals.”
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