David De Gea praises Louis van Gaal’s managerial style and feels his aggression transmits out on the pitch.
The Manchester United manager was pleased to see his side end their goalless run in the Prem with a 2- defeat of West Brom.
DOHA, Qatar — Xavi Hernandez says Louis van Gaal is much calmer as Manchester United manager than in his time at Barcelona simply because there is significantly less stress in the Premier League.
Van Gaal is in his second season at Old Trafford and has recently come beneath fire for his team’s style of play but Xavi, who played beneath the Dutchman at the Camp Nou, has backed his former boss.
“[He is a] good person, very very good trainer,” Xavi stated in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC’s Andy Mitten. “He has a really robust character, but he’s calm in the Premier League since there’s less stress. He’s significantly calmer than when he was at Barca or Bayern Munich.
“He’s honest, methodical and a actual perfectionist. He’s very demanding, he’s strict and he wants to achieve the highest levels feasible.”
Xavi added that Van Gaal is “poorly valued in the media” but that he remains a fan of the man who gave him his Barcelona debut as a teenager, even if he was not convinced at initial.
“Soon after two days of training beneath him, I thought, ‘Who is this idiot?’ After a week, I thought, ‘He’s appropriate.’ He’ll always be in my heart, Louis van Gaal.”
Louis van Gaal was Xavi’s manager at Barcelona from 1997-2000 and once more from 2002-03.
Last season, Van Gaal signed former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes but the pair have considering that fallen out, with Valdes now out of favour at the Premier League club.
“[Van Gaal and Valdes] are two powerful characters, but it really is a tough predicament for Victor,” mentioned Xavi. “Let’s hope he finds a resolution soon. I am sad for him. He’s a fantastic specialist, a great person. He’s coaching, he’s working tough. He’ll return to football. It is much better for Victor to be playing football.”
Van Gaal’s assistant at Barcelona was Jose Mourinho. The present Chelsea manager also impressed Xavi, who rejects suggestions he was merely a translator.
“Rubbish,” Xavi said. “He was the assistant coach, somebody who understood the philosophy of Barca and who shared several of the very same traits of Van Gaal. He was really respected by the players. He educated us often alone at Barca B and he was superb. I’m shocked that he became identified for one more variety of football, a lot more defensive, due to the fact he wasn’t like that with us.”
Despite operating below managers such as Van Gaal and Mourinho, as properly as the likes of Pep Guardiola and Vicente del Bosque, Xavi cites Johan Cruyff as the “profound influence in my life” when asked if he is thinking about becoming a coach himself.
“[Cruyff] stated to me: ‘Look Xavi, when you cease playing, you’re going to realise that the closest point you can do to nonetheless feel like a footballer is to be a coach. You do not want to be in the office, you want to be by the grass.’ Cruyff added, ‘When I stopped, I did not know where I was, I was lost. When I was managed, I realised that was the spot I wanted to be.'”
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