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Thursday 18 January 2018

Van Gaal in no mood for a love story at 'FC Hollywood'

BAYERN Munich's 3-2 defeat by Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday has exposed more cracks at the club known as 'FC Hollywood'.

Although the defeat had little impact on Bayern's progression to the next round-- they actually went through as group winners -- comments given after the game by coach Louis van Gaal have shown that his fractious relationship with star man Franck Ribery is deteriorating even further.

Van Gaal had criticised the midfielder for not putting in enough effort during a recent friendly, which was arranged to help Ribery gain some valuable match practice as he recovered from an ankle ligament injury.

After the Roma match, Van Gaal was asked how his relationship was now with Ribery and sarcastically replied: "We talked at the hotel and it was love at first sight."

However, Van Gaal has been rapped across the knuckles by Bayern's director of sport, Christian Nerlinger, who said: "He sometimes provokes and you shouldn't always take everything he says seriously. But he is not giving the best impression of us at the moment and we have to work on changing this."

With the Champions League out of the way for now, Van Gaal must now turn his attention to the Bundesliga where Bayern are 14 points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund. And club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has issued a stark warning to his Dutch coach, telling him that Bayern must take 10 points from 12 in their remaining four matches of 2010. "It is a tall order, but we want to and have got to achieve it." No pressure there then, Louis.

Irish Independent

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