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Robben goads not so special Jose over win at all costs philosophy

Pete Jenson

Published 21/05/2010 | 05:00

FORMER Chelsea winger Arjen Robben yesterday branded Jose Mourinho a 'win at all costs' manager as Bayern Munich arrived in Madrid in high spirits ahead of the Champions League final.

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Mourinho sold Robben to Real Madrid from Chelsea in 2007 and the Bayern Munich winger is clearly not among the Special One's fans.

"Mourinho makes a winning team but it does not matter to him if his side plays good football or not. In contrast, the philosophy at Bayern is that we win games by playing good football," said Robben, who spent three seasons at Chelsea before leaving under a cloud having fallen out with the Portuguese.

This season he has been Bayern's biggest attacking threat and in the absence of the suspended Franck Ribery will be expected to carry the fight to Inter.

Comparing Bayern coach Louis van Gaal with Mourinho, Robben added: "They are both very strong at preparing a team and they are very strong mentally.

"The difference is that Van Gaal looks more at the football-playing part and Mourinho looks a bit more at the organisation defensively, but they are both among the best coaches in the world."

Despite reservations about his former manager's style, Robben did say he believed that Real Madrid and Mourinho were "made for each other", although, with Real also having rejected the Dutch winger after his two years at the club, that could be seen more as a sleight than a compliment.

Robben and his team-mates are focused on achieving the treble of domestic league and cup and Champions League -- a feat no German club has never achieved.

"The atmosphere in the team is very good," said Robben, whose decisive goals against Fiorentina and Manchester United made a major contribution to the Bavarians reaching the final for the first time since 2001.

"We are all very happy and proud to be here. We have a great chance to write history." (© Independent News Service)

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