The Argentina goalkeeper will be tasked with ending his former coach’s World Cup dreams on Wednesday, but revealed his debt of gratitude to his old boss
They say football is a universal language, but Sergio Romero will be forever thankful for Louis van Gaal’s linguistic skills during his time at AZ Alkmaar.
The Argentina goalkeeper will face his former coach in the semi-finals of the World Cup when the South Americans take on Netherlands on Wednesday.
Romero will hope to provide a sizeable obstruction between Van Gaal and his hopes of reaching the final, but admitted he will always owe the Dutchman for helping him to embrace a new world.
“So many things are happening right now with me and the Argentina squad, it’s not easy to realise it all,” he said in an interview with De Telegraaf.
“After the drama in 2010 in South-Africa, the critics and the low points and now we’re in the semi-final against Holland. And I’m playing against my old coach Louis van Gaal, whom I owe so much.
The 27-year-old has started all five games for Argentina in the World Cup so far.