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Coach demands 100 percent

Van Gaal: Anything less, and I’ll be angry

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Just three days after the derby win over Nürnberg, Bayern must surmount another tricky hurdle in a DFB Cup second round tie at home to second division Rot-Weiss Oberhausen. It looks like a routine task for Louis van Gaal’s men on paper, but the Bayern boss has warned his men not to underestimate their opponents. “We all know anything can happen in the cup,” Van Gaal told on Monday.

Interview: Louis van Gaal

Your team is improving all the time and has won its last four games. Are you pleased with the progress?
Louis van Gaal: Yes, I’m satisfied – for now. But we can still play better, and we still have work to do. We now have the cup, then we’re in Hamburg, then at home to Juventus in the Champions League. I’ll only be happy if our fans are still pleased with us after that lot.

With some big games coming up, how hard is it to motivate the players before a meeting with a second division club?
I don’t think it’s hard. We have a fierce battle for places, every player wants to prove he’s worth a place in the team. There’s no time to draw breath. Oberhausen will be tough opponents, but we’ll try and play our best possible football.