Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has hailed Louis van Gaal as the best coach at the 2014 World Cup and slammed Argentina coached, Alejandro Sabella.
Mourinho, who has worked under Van Gaal at Barcelona, believes the Dutchman got more out of the Netherlands’ players than many had expected.
Van Gaal led a young and inexperienced Netherlands squad out of a tricky group with Spain and Chile to the third place in the tournament, following a comfortable 3-0 victory over Brazil.
“Vahid (Halilhodzic), (Miguel) Herrera, (Jorge) Sampaoli, (Jorge Luis) Pinto, Jurgen (Klinsmann), (Jose) Pekerman - all of them (have been) fantastic,” Mourinho told Yahoo Sports.
“But if I had to choose one, because I think he did a fantastic job with a team that, in my opinion, was not strong enough to reach where they got to, I would choose Louis van Gaal.”
The former Van Gaal protégé, who will meet up with his mentor during the upcoming Premier League, also took time to blast Argentina coach, Alejandro Sabella, over his withdrawal of Ezequiel Lavezzi at half-time.
"I would like to know why Lavezzi stayed in the dressing room at half-time," Mourinho added.
"Argentina had been playing with two lines of four, with Enzo Perez closing Phillipp Lahm and Lavezzi doing the same on the other side. Because they were so compact Messi could walk while defending and then when he got the ball he had the energy to make the difference.
"When Sabella brought Aguero on for Lavezzi, Argentina changed from a 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 and they lost a lot of balance. Messi had to run much more after Lavezzi went off.
"The team lost balance and especially energy - energy that they needed in extra-time."
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