Fabio Cannavaro criticsed Louis Van Gaal’s “disrespectful” decision to change goalkeeper for Holland’s shoot-out.
The Netherlands Coach kept his final substitution for the last minute of extra time against Costa Rica so he could replace Jasper Cillessen with Tim Krul.
It worked, as Krul saved two out of five spot-kicks to send Holland through to the World Cup semi-final and earned Van Gaal praise.
“I know everyone is now treating Van Gaal like a legend or a magician for that change, but to be honest, it’s not something I like very much,” Cannavaro told Globo Esporte.
“It’s disrespectful to the goalkeeper. Who will be the ‘keeper in the next game? Imagine going in goal for the next match and realising you do not have the 100 per cent faith of the Coach.”
Van Gaal revealed he had always planned to introduce Krul in case of a penalty shoot-out, but had not told Cillessen about the switch.
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