Created on 08-07-2009 at 00:00 AM
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 FCB.tv 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
fcbayern.de: 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.“
fcbayern.de: 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.“
fcbayern.de: 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.“