Ahead of this afternoon's last-16 clash with Mexico, Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal has spoken of his admiration for his counterpart Miguel Herrera.
Appointed in October last year, with the side on the brink of missing out on the World Cup, Herrera helped guide El Tri through the latter stages of qualifying to make it to Brazil through the back door, a playoff victory over New Zealand sealing their place in the finals.
Impressing on the way to finishing ahead of Croatia and Cameroon as Group A runners-up to the hosts, the Mexico boss has also become an internet sensation for his boisterous celebrations and sideline antics, with Van Gaal admitting that he is big fan.
‘As far as Miguel Herrera is concerned, I must say that I enjoy it,’ he said. ‘I like it. I enjoy that a coach enjoys himself and is so passionate.
‘I also saw an interview with him and he even says sensible things, so what more could you want?’
Finishing top scorers of the group stages with 10 goals, the Netherlands stormed their way to the knockout rounds with wins over holders Spain, Australia and Chile, their performances prompting many to label them early tournament favourites.
Replacing Bert van Marwijk in the wake of the Euro 2012 disappointment, Van Gaal is in his second spell as the Netherlands manager, having been in charge for the side’s ill-fated 2002 qualifying campaign, when they failed to even make it to Japan and South Korea.
Better known for his Champions League-winning success with Ajax in 1995, as well for clinching back-to-back La Liga titles with Barcelona in 1997-98 and 1998-99, the legendary coach is set to replace the departed David Moyes at Manchester United following the World Cup, after signing a three-year contract with the club last month.
With the Dutch looking to make amends for falling at the final hurdle in South Africa four years ago, success this summer for Van Gaal would certainly be a fantastic way for the 62-year-old to go out, while no doubt fulfilling United fans with newfound optimism for the upcoming season.