Netherlands's Van Gaal pondering change of system for Australia
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Netherlands' national soccer team coach Louis van Gaal stands next to his players during a training session for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, June 14, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
Sunday 15 Jun 2014
Netherlands will take on Australia on Wednesday

Should you change a winning formula?

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal is pondering that question ahead of his team's next match against Australia on Wednesday.

Van Gaal's decision to play a system based on five defenders against Spain was a tactical masterstroke as the Dutch humiliated the defending world champion 5-1 in Salvador in their Group B opener.

Preparing for the World Cup, Van Gaal hinted he might revert to the traditional Dutch 4-3-3 system against an Australian team whose defense can be tough to break down. The two sides meet Wednesday in Porto Alegre.

Midfield playmaker Wesley Sneijder told the official Netherlands supporters' site that ''I would say 5-3-2 to continue building for the rest of the tournament.''

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