When defending against Argentina captain Lionel Messi, the Netherlands defense must be well-organized, according to defender Virgil van Dijk.
According to Van Dijk, Argentina players constantly seek out Messi to pass the ball to him so that he can make things difficult for the opposition.
He asserts that the Netherlands must devise a specific strategy to deal with Messi and keep an eye on him while Louis van Gaal's team is attacking.
In the quarterfinal of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Friday, Netherlands and Argentina will square off.
When asked about the opponent during the pre-game press conference, Van Dijk said, “The difficult thing about him is that when we are attacking, he's chilling somewhere in a corner or something.”
“You must have excellent defensive organization skills. They constantly searched for him in an effort to make things challenging for us at the counter.
The Liverpool star continued, “It's an honor to play against him.” “The Netherlands are opposing Argentina, not me or the Netherlands are opposing him.
“Nobody can do it on their own; we need to develop a good plan.”