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FORTALEZA---Louis van Gaal is
preparing his Netherlands squad to
face two significant challenges in its
World Cup Round of 16 match in
this steamy northern Brazilian city---
Mexico and the weather.
The Dutch coach said he hopes
FIFA will use drink breaks during the
match so that players can replenish
fluids in Fortaleza s hot and humid
Tests the Dutch have conducted
during training in Brazil and pre-tour-
nament friendlies show that some
players lose up to four liters (four and
a half pints) of fluid during a match.
"Can you imagine that?" Van Gaal
said yesterday. "That has to be replen-
ished because otherwise you start hal-
If FIFA does not have scheduled
drinks breaks during the match, Van
Gaal said he will take action to ensure
his players do not dehydrate.
"Drinks will be along the sidelines
if FIFA doesn t take care of it," he said.
Leroy Fer, who has been ruled out
of the match after injuring his ham-
string in training, said the Netherlands
team --- used to playing in often chilly
northern European conditions --- got
a taste of the heat in training Friday
after arriving from its camp in Rio.
"The climate is much warmer than
Rio and other places we ve played,
but the other teams have problems
with it, too," he said.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said
he hoped the heat would help his
team. "We might adapt a bit better
because our climate is closer, but we
also have players based in Europe,"
he said. "But it will be a physical game
and hopefully it will be a factor."
Van Gaal said that apart from Fer,
who scored a minute after going on
as a substitute against Chile in group
play, defender Bruno Martins Indi will
not start against Mexico. Martins Indi
was concussed in the Netherlands 3-
2 win over Australia and Van Gaal
said he wasn t ready to start yet. Strik-
er and captain Robin van Persie is
available again after being suspended
for the last group match.
Dirk Kuyt, normally a forward, will
likely again play left back and win his
100th international cap in the process.
He will become the second Dutch
player, after Wesley Sneijder, to reach
the milestone in Brazil.
After coming to Brazil unburdened
by high expectations, the Netherlands
has been one of the best teams of the
tournament so far, using counterat-
tacking football to record three straight
wins and top Group B, scoring 10
goals on the way and conceding only
three---two from disputed (by Van
Gaal, at least) penalties.
coach Joachim Loew thinks the
"Disgrace of Gijon" was too long
ago for Algeria to seek revenge in
tomorrow s second-round World
Cup match in Porto Alegre.
Loew said Saturday that only two
of his players were even born at the
time of the notorious match at the
1982 World Cup in Spain between
Germany and Austria, which ended
in a convenient 1-0 win for Ger-
many that eliminated Algeria.
Germany scored in the 10th
minute and for the remaining 80
minutes the two teams just knocked
the ball around as the result allowed
both to advance at the expense of
Algeria, which had defeated Ger-
many 2-1 in their opening match.
German Football Federation (DFB)
president Wolfgang Niersbach said
there had been no pre-game deals
between Germany and Austria. After
that match, FIFA changed its rules
and final group matches have been
played simultaneously since then.
"Why should they be seeking to
punish this generation of Germany
players? I am irritated by the use of
word revenge, " Loew told a news
conference. "But maybe this will
work as motivation for Algeria."
Germany has played only twice
against Algeria and has lost both
times. The second was a 2-0 loss
in a 1964 friendly in Algeria.
"This is the statistic we want to
change," Loew said.
Loew said anybody who thinks
Germany has an easy opponent in
its first knockout match was making
a "serious mistake."
"Any lapse now and you are out.
Algeria is an extremely aggressive
team that runs a lot and is incredibly
dangerous. They defend very res-
olutely," Loew said.
Loew said he had watched the
tape of Algeria s 1-1 draw with Russia
and it seemed possible that Russia
goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was dis-
turbed by a green laser beam as he
made a mistake that allowed Islam
Slimani to score the equalizer that
sent Algeria through.
"But it wasn t because of that
that Algeria won. Algeria was at
least even, if not the better team
throughout the match," Loew said.
"We should convert more oppor-
tunities. We are missing that last
pass when we attack. There are
always things you can improve---
but for us, it s the details, not the
fundamentals. A World Cup tour-
nament is like a marathon run, not
a 100-meter sprint, you have to be
able to step it up at the right
moment," Loew said.
Germany: We shouldn't
be target of revenge
Mexico and humidity
Coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands briefs his team during a training
session in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday. Netherlands will play Group A
runner-up Mexico in the second round today in Fortaleza.
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