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Van Gaal pleased with team's progress

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:45 am

As so often, Louis van Gaal was the loudest presence on the Bayern training ground on Sunday. The coach watched intently as his men worked out, a stopwatch and whistle hung from his neck, his hands deep in the pockets of his red winter jacket. At certain points, he withdrew his hands to gesticulate and illustrate his cries of praise, criticism and explanation. The Dutchman is the undisputed leader - and the team are following him.

"After two weeks, any team works out whether their coach is useless or actually has some idea of the game," said Christian Nerlinger, "right from the start, our players recognised this is a man who can build and develop a team." That was exactly the task Van Gaal faced in the first six months after his arrival in Munich.

Five players, or pretty much half a team, who were in the line-up for Friday's meeting with Hoffenheim, did not feature in the last match of last season, namely Robben, Gomez, Olic, Badstuber and Müller. Bayern are also playing a very different style of football now. "There's a massive difference. There's a structure, and it's clear how we intend to play," reasoned Philipp Lahm.

Development process

Naturally, it required time for the process of change to bear fruit. "The Bundesliga and the team were completely new to the coach, and there were new things for us as players too," recalled Jörg Butt, "there was a process to go through."


That process has now moved on considerably. The 2-0 victory over Hoffenheim was Bayern's seventh consecutive victory. "We carried on where we left off before the mid-season break, which was vital. I think it was a big step forward," a satisfied Van Gaal remarked.

Rangnick sees Van Gaal's hallmark

Nevertheless, the boss still feels his team can improve in some areas. "We didn't close down the space in the first half and too many passes went astray," he complained, "we'll be talking about that." After half-time, "we showed what we're capable of - and still without Ribéry."

Hoffenheim coach Ralf Rangnick was impressed: "Especially when they're in possession, you detect the hand of Louis van Gaal. It'll be hard for any of their opponents who fall behind." Bayern in fact missed a string of presentable openings against Hoffenheim. "We could have scored more," said Gomez, "but we kept coming up inches short in front of goal. We need to work on those inches."

Next up: Ribéry

Franck Ribéry's imminent return from injury should make the team even better. "It'll give the team a boost and another shot of quality," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge observed. Ribéry is expected to make his first appearance in the matchday squad for more than three and a half months when Bayern travel to Bremen next Saturday.

Van Gaal's next challenge is to fit the winger into an already smooth-running team, "and that's difficult when it's during the season," the coach warned. However, a short time spent watching Van Gaal working with his men on the practice ground leaves you in no doubt that he is more than up to the task.
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Postby appudds » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:43 pm

If this continues, i dont mind van gaal at bayern for another decade!
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