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Exclusive: Van Gaal

'I'm different from every other coach'

Louis van Gaal took over as head coach at Bayern seven days ago. A week after his official unveiling and inaugural training session, the Dutch supremo paid a first visit to the studios for an exclusive interview. In the course of the conversation, the 57-year-old discussed his initial impressions, the squad he has at his disposal, and Friday’s first pre-season friendly against Red Bull Salzburg.

Interview: Louis van Gaal Louis Van Gaal, how do you feel about your first few days as Bayern head coach?
Louis van Gaal: “Good. I’ve only been here a week of course, but I have a good feeling.“ Looking back on it now, how was the first day?
Van Gaal: “The first day at a new club is always special for a coach. Bayern is the club I wanted to coach, and I was determined to hold the first talk with my players in good German. I managed it, and it was important too, because I was able to explain my philosophy and my goals.“ After the first week of training, do you sense that the players have understood your philosophy?
Van Gaal: “I reckon I’m different compared to every other coach. I have my own identity, and I believe in a holistic principle. The players are faced with a different coach, and I think it’s too soon to say much on that subject.“