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‘Madrid was favoured more than Barca’ – Koeman reacts to Van Gaal’s ‘rigged World Cup for Messi’ claim



'Madrid was favoured more than Barca' - Koeman reacts to Van Gaal's 'rigged World Cup for Messi' claim

Louis van Gaal’s recent claims that the 2022 World Cup quarterfinal match between the Netherlands and Argentina was rigged to ensure Lionel Messi’s victory have stirred controversy.

While some, like Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk, disagree with van Gaal’s assertion, others have weighed in on the topic.

Ex-Barcelona player and current Dutch national team coach Ronald Koeman has now shared his perspective on the matter.

“I wouldn’t have said it I was him [Van Gaal]. You get a lot of commotion because of it.

Ronald Koeman has reflected on his experiences during his time in Spain and mentioned that there were moments when he felt that Real Madrid might have received more favorable treatment than Barcelona.

However, he also noted that it’s challenging to provide concrete evidence for such claims, and therefore, he prefers not to make such assertions.

He added: “I experienced moments in Spain where I had the feeling Real Madrid was favoured more than Barca, but you can’t really prove it, so it’s better not to say it.”

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