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On Van Gaal, a twin-track squad and Ribéry

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On Van Gaal, a twin-track squad and Ribéry

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon May 10, 2010 9:15 am

The Bundesliga season is over and Bayern's 22nd championship title is in the bag. However, for Germany's record title-winners the season is far from over. In the TV show Doppelpass the club's chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge discussed the critical contribution of coach Louis van Gaal, planning for the coming season's squad, and why he remains optimistic that Franck Ribéry will play in the Champions League final as well as stay with Bayern in the longer term. has highlighted Rummenigge's most important comments.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on...

...Louis van Gaal:
"He's done a fantastic job. He needed three or four months to build up a harmonious working relationship with the team. Right from the start Van Gaal has been a highly likeable man. He has a natural authority and doesn't need to throw his weight around. He has a completely clear plan and its entirely his own. He has his own strong views and is not always comfortable to deal with. When you discuss transfers with him, he has his own clear views. We may not always agree with them, but we have now developed a fruitful way of working that combines these differing views for the good of the club. Louis understands this club too. He says he has never coached a club like Bayern Munich and he finds it great how the fan base and the organisational administration fit together. Van Gaal is a fanatic about discipline who requires everything to be perfect. That's why we get on so well together.

...Van Gaal's youth policy:
"Louis van Gaal's philosophy is also to give young players the chance to stake their claim. An example is the departure of Lucio. We were criticised for letting him go. But Van Gaal announced after the first week of training camp that he had great confidence in Holger Badstuber. He would be his choice. On this assumption he asked us to find a solution for Lucio. The solution was obvious, because Lucio had only a year left on his contract and after this season he would have been able to leave on a free transfer. Anyway, we got a lot of money for him. In addition, he was among our top-earning players. That decision was viewed fairly critically, but it has been put into perspective by Holger Badstuber's good season. Today Louis van Gaal is praised for this decision."

...the composition of the squad:
"We have developed a twin-track policy at Bayern. We have Ribéry, Robben, Van Bommel or from our own ranks players like Lahm or Schweinsteiger, who have established themselves here, and then we have young players like Badstuber, Müller and Contento, who have come through the ranks. We have always looked enviously at Barcelona's system and that is now in operation at Bayern too."

...the German Cup final versus Werder Bremen:
"We know it will be quite a difficult game. It will be down to a question of form on the day. We know that Werder Bremen is very well equipped in attack with Mesut Özil, Marko Marin and our friend Claudio Pizarro. We will have to stand up to that. We also have something to offer going forward, and I hope that at the end of the day it will be enough to win us the Double."

...Franck Ribéry's chances of being cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to play in the Champions League final:
"Up to the last moment we will try to get a ruling that allows Franck Ribéry to play in the final. We now have a 50:50 chance. With UEFA's jurisdiction you always have a bit of a feeling that it's not so much a legal decision as a political one. At the international Court of Arbitration for Sport it's different - politics plays no role there. That's why I'm still reasonably optimistic that we still have a chance."

...Ribéry's future:
"Franck Ribéry is very happy that the club is battling so hard for him. I am fairly optimistic that he will play for Bayern not only next year but beyond. We have developed a very good relationship and complete trust. Especially in the past few weeks, which have not been easy for him, he has realised the quality and strength of the Bayern family. I think that the outlook for our discussions is very promising. Obviously we will not be conducting these talks in the next two weeks, because we still have the finals to play.

...Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez:
"The Bayern shirt can be a difficult one to wear. For many players it's not easy to cope with the pressure it brings. Mario Gomez is a very young man, but he has talent of the highest class. We are all convinced that Mario will be a sensation next season. Last week Miro went to Van Gaal and told him that the transfer rumours about Kaiserslautern were completely unfounded. Obviously it is also very difficult for him, as a German international, to sit on the bench. But this season we have had several games in which we have been very glad to have a Mario Gomez or a Miroslav Klose up our sleeve."

...the future of Luca Toni:
"We will hold discussions following the game with Internazionale. I know what Luca Toni has been saying, that we feels very settled in Italy and that he would like to stay there. In that case in the end it's up to him and his agent to find a solution in Italy. There won't be any future for him at Bayern. It's not working. He has burned his bridges here and it can't be put back together again."
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