SAO PAULO (AP) — Louis van Gaal has some advice for Dutch parents: let your kids stay up late to watch the Netherlands-Argentina World Cup semifinal match on Wednesday — they won’t sleep even if you send them to bed.
The match at Sao Paulo’s Itaquerao Stadium doesn’t start until 10 p.m. Dutch time — when most young children are usually already sound asleep.
But Van Gaal, a former physical education teacher with a reputation as a tough disciplinarian, believes parents should bend their usual bedtime rules.
Van Gaal tells a Dutch youth news program at a news conference Tuesday: “I would always let my kids watch the match‘”
He adds that “they wouldn’t sleep anyway because they are so tense to know if the Netherlands will win.”