Febr. Louis van Gaal hat in seiner Zeit als Trainer des FC Bayern Eindruck hinterlassen. Nun schaut der Niederländer in einem Interview zurück auf. 3. Okt. Louis van Gaal sieht das zwischen Ajax Amsterdam und dem FC Bayern in der Allianz Arena. Ein Treffen mit seinem alten Widersacher Uli. Nov. Ex-Bayern-Star Martin Demichelis verrät den wichtigsten und den härtesten Trainer in seiner Karriere – und warum Louis van Gaal der.
As the Morgenpost from Hamburg later wrote: There is another Louis van Gaal. Open, humorous and charming. He smiled a lot, flirted with the host and even agreed to change into orange-coloured wooden clogs from Holland to kick a football.
Even if Ribery and Arjen Robben are available, Muller will always play in my team. True, he had driven fan favourites Lucio and Luca Toni away.
Van Gaal instead went with young, homegrown players. He had called up a talented year-old defender from the under team, Holger Badstuber. And he was so enamoured of a year-old forward by the name of Thomas Muller that he said: Schweinsteiger has been reunited - but the situation is very different.
Shortly after reinventing Schweinsteiger, Van Gaal then called up a year-old midfielder from the reserves and played him at left-back. When young David Alaba told a reporter that he was surprised to be used in this position, Van Gaal said: The club had been widely loathed in Germany before, not merely because they were so successful but because they tended to win in a technocratic, business-like fashion.
Now they played breathtaking attacking football. With all those changes and all those bright young players, Bayern became a mesmerising team.
Muller was nothing short of a revelation, Schweinsteiger blossomed in deep midfield, while Robben was healthy and playing the season of his life.
He ran past defences at will, at home and in Europe. Bayern tore through the Bundesliga, lifted the German Cup and even reached the Champions League final.
Still, it was a great season. The fans loved their coach and had a good rapport with the team. The disciplinarian — who had told his players in no uncertain terms that nobody left the table during lunch until he had finished his meal — replied: So he simply translated the words and came up with an expression that has since entered everyday language.
Banter with Bayern Munich. Every line was madly cheered by the crowd as the Dutchman reached his grand finale. And maybe of… Europe! Of course that was out of the question.
Players may indulge in such follies, but King Louis would kneel before no one, not even his people. So he quickly silenced the masses and began to speak.
It was the first indication that this was going to be no normal celebration speech and made you wonder if there might be an Oedipus complex lurking somewhere in this complex psyche.
Then he got going. And also in Hamburg. He was at the pinnacle of his popularity at that moment, but behind him on the crowded balcony, among the players, stood a few people who must have wondered what they had got themselves into and whether this Dutchman was merely eccentric or plain mad.
Louis and Uli learned to loathe one another. Not all of the signings he had made the year before had been successes. Despite his formidably cold, cutting and sometimes contemptuous public persona, Van Gaal has aspiring coaches jostling for placements under his wing and Adam Sadler, the former Norwich City assistant manager and now No2 at Gateshead, visited AZ as part of his Pro Licence.
He was welcoming and open. In past years, the Dutchman has claimed to be coveted by Manchester United and England, but Roeder questions his suitability.
During the dark days of last autumn, when Bayern drifted towards Bundesliga obscurity, there was a feeling Van Gaal might not be right for Munich either.
Elimination from the Champions League group stages looked likely, dressing-room dissent festered, everyone was mystified when he deployed a formation against Hamburg and dismissal loomed.
Dressing-room rebels took note, the manager mellowed a little and a corner was turned. Much to the relief of his second wife Truus, Van Gaal — whose first spouse, Fernanda, the mother of his two daughters, died of cancer in — had once again prevailed against adversity.
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Mourinho says that while the late Sir Bobby Robson taught him the value of shrewd man-management, Van Gaal highlighted the importance of preparation and strong defence.
If both finalists are very much systems men, sharing an almost evangelical belief that, by dint of tactical ingenuity, the manager is king, they remain far from footballing soulmates.
Or to see Mourinho spot Luca Toni slumping in the canteen over lunch and immediately stride over, angrily pull one of his ears and order him to sit up straight.
Tactless and taciturn, Van Gaal was eagerly embraced as an "authentic" antidote. Every player must know where he has to be and support his team-mates.
There has to be absolute discipline and mutual understanding.