FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says his team faces two significant challenges in its World Cup round of 16 match in this steamy northern Brazilian city – Mexico and the weather.
Van Gaal on Saturday said he hopes FIFA will use drink breaks during the match so that players can replenish fluids in Fortaleza’s hot and humid Arena Castelao.
Tests the Dutch have conducted during training in Brazil and pre-tournament friendlies show that some players lose up to four liters of fluid during a match.
If FIFA does not have scheduled drinks breaks during the match, Van Gaal says he will take action to ensure his players do not dehydrate.
He says, ”drinks will be along the sidelines if FIFA doesn’t take care of it.”