Van Gaal’s ‘fall’ was a judo move, says Hiddink
Louis van Gaal’s fall during Manchester United’s Premier League match against Arsenal on Sunday (February 28) was a perfectly executed judo move according to Chelsea interim manager, Guus Hiddink.
Van Gaal delighted the home crowd by throwing himself to the ground in front of the fourth official to remonstrate against what he thought was a dive by an Arsenal player.
Van Gaal studied judo while as a school teacher in the Netherlands and Hiddink said it was faultless.
“I saw it. You could see that he has been educated also in his as a physical teacher because then you have practice in judo as well and he fell down perfectly. It was not very hard; it was very fluid he went down,” Hiddink told reporters at a news conference on Monday (February 29).
“I had also had some judo so I’m able to do so as well in the execution, yes, (but) I wouldn’t do that.”
Chelsea play Norwich on Tuesday (March 1) before facing Stoke City on Saturday (March 5) and new Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato could make his debut either game, with Diego Costa being rested.
Pato signed from Corinthians in January on loan until the end of the season.
Captain John Terry, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury, has started running again and could return in time for Saturday’s home game against Stoke City, but the manager is unsure how long winger Pedro will be ruled out for.
The Spaniard injured a hamstring in the come-from-behind 2-1 win away at Southampton on Saturday (February 27).
Chelsea have climbed to 11th in the table and are unbeaten in the top flight since Hiddink took over.
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