The big story from the last quarter-final of the World Cup is, of course, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal and his substitution in the last seconds of extra time. Bringing on Newcastle’s Tim Krul to face Costa Rica’s penalties instead of Jasper Cillessen has been hailed as a stroke of genius from the man who will be in charge of reviving Manchester United after the shambolic performance of David Moyes.
Van Gaal claimed after the game that it was Krul’s greater height and reach which persuaded him to make the substitution that many have seen as clinching the game for the Dutch. Even the Costa Ricans agree, midfielder Celso Borges saying ‘They were right, he did his job.’
But was it really the moment of genius everyone seems to believe it was? I’m not so sure. Continue reading