Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

I’ve Mour respect for Van Gaal’s philosophy: Robben

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has questioned Jose Mourinho's football philosophy ahead of tomorrow's Champions League final.

Robben worked under Inter Milan boss Mourinho during his time at Chelsea and believes the Portuguese is happy to sacrifice attractive football for results.

The Holland winger said: “He puts out a winning team, it doesn't matter if it's done with nice football or not.

“The philosophy at Bayern is the coach [Louis van Gaal] wants to win games by playing nice football.”

The 26-year-old added: “As a player you want to play and enjoy the game, that's also an important part.”

A change in tactics ultimately led to Robben's departure from Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid.

“I was working with him three years at Chelsea. It was a successful time, he's a big personality and as a coach of a top team you need to be,” stated Robben.

“He knew how to work with big players and put them together and let them work together.

“He certainly knew what he was talking about and had the respect of every single player.

“But we started to play more in this diamond without wingers, which is not good for me. The system changed a bit so I made my decision and left.”

Meanwhile, Bayern's players have written an open letter to all football fans in Germany inviting them to drop their own allegiances for a night and get behind them when they face Inter.

Should Bayern win it would earn the Bundesliga a fourth qualifying spot for the Champions League to contest from next season onwards.

“We know and feel that millions of football fans back home in Germany are with us in their thoughts,” said the open letter signed by the entire Bayern squad.

“The Bayern fans and also the many fans of football who would usually see us neutrally should all become ‘Bayern' on Saturday evening, that is what we would like. We will give everything in the Bernabeu for us, FC Bayern, and also for Germany.”

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