Van Gaal: All is well in Netherlands camp

The manager is happy with his players and is looking forward to coming up against some of his former Barcelona players when his side takes on Spain.

Louis van Gaal is confident there will not be any internal disputes within his Netherlands squad during the World Cup.

The Netherlands has developed a reputation for undermining its own shots at glory as conflicts in the locker room played a huge role in its capitulation at the European Championships in 1996 and 2012.

Van Gaal says the same issues in the team plagued his first spell in charge of the Oranje when they failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup.

However, the 62-year-old feels all is well with his current group of players and says there is a greater relationship between the players and the coach.

"It's also dependent on the management, it is not only the players," he told FIFA's official website. "I think it is about the relationship between a manager and his squad. In my first episode there was that disruption but I have understood now. They like me now. I feel there are no problems and we have a very good relationship. But it is also dependent on the results."

The Netherlands begins its World Cup campaign in Brazil against Spain, when Van Gaal will come up against some of the players he handed debuts to when in charge of Barcelona.

He continued: "I'm proud not only of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, but also Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes who are injured and not playing against us. I'm proud, but we can resist against these creative midfielders — even though it shall be difficult."