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'Mourinho's tactics negative'

2010-05-20 16:34

London - Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has taken a swipe at Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho's negative tactics ahead of Saturday's Champions League final.

Robben, who will face Inter in the final in Madrid this weekend, played under Mourinho for three years at Chelsea and grew tired of his safety-first philosophy.

The Holland international believes Mourinho was too concerned with winning at all costs and didn't let his players express themselves.

"He puts out a winning team, it doesn't matter if it's done with nice football or not," Robben told BBC Sport.

"The philosophy at Bayern is the coach (Louis van Gaal) wants to win games by playing nice football."

The 26-year-old added: "As a player you want to play and enjoy the game, that's also an important part."

Robben gradually fell out of favour with Mourinho at Chelsea because the Portuguese coach was unimpressed with his player's poor injury record and switched to a formation that made less use of wingers.

"I was working with him three years at Chelsea. It was a successful time, he's a big personality and as a coach of a top team you need to be," Robben said.

"He knew how to work with big players and put them together and let them work together.

"He certainly knew what he was talking about and had the respect of every single player.

"But we started to play more in this diamond without wingers, which is not good for me. The system changed a bit so I made my decision and left."

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Comments
  • Dave Cohen - 2010-05-20 19:03

    Whatever his tactics are, Inter Milan are one of only two teams left throughout Europe in the Champions League. They are not amateurs and supporters support winners and not losers. Enough said.

  • Vinny - 2010-05-20 19:54

    Robben go screw yourself man - damn reject , you are just regretting that challenge you made almost breaking both ankles of the opponent , you were lucky to get off so easily and get some facial surgury yu ugly bast...- seems like the only girls you can get are under aged prostitutes -whatever happened to that case ,.....

  • the guy@vinny - 2010-05-21 08:26

    Ribery and Robben are not the same person.

  • zenext@vinny - 2010-05-21 08:40

    I think you mean Ribery

  • Thoka - 2010-05-21 08:44

    Go away you reject.The reason why you are saying this is because know that your team is beaten already.You are already crying like a baby because you know very well that you stand no chance against the likes of Oto.Go and kill yourself

  • DK - 2010-05-21 09:16

    Geez @Vinny keep your pants on fellar, Arjen Robben is just telling it like it is, and that's his opinion, as far as him being a damn reject, it's amazing what a reject can do for a club of Bayern Munich's Calibre, he is partly the reason why they are in the final. So get ur facts right before you open your big mouth!!!!!!! I think you are referring to Frank Ribbery who is being investigated for having sex with a under age prostitute, so Yah pls get ur facts right before you open that thing you call a mouth

  • Cross - 2010-05-21 09:20

    you people like criticizng without taking time to go through facts, Wht this player is saying is very true, Inter is not in the finals because they play nice football tht deserves to be in the finals. they are there because of boring tactics tht wont see them lifting the cup. they are poor in attacking, how will they score???.......Jose days of tactics and poor winning defending team are over. i so wish they lose!!!! labo doti laba.

  • MOURINHO IS THE BEST - 2010-05-23 09:38

    There is only ONE "SPECIAL ONE". To all the critics, eat thy words! VIVA MOURINHO VIVA. FORCA A NOSSA RACA!

  • Inter Fan - 2010-05-23 18:08

    @Cross you obviously know nothing about soccer. Hope you are choking on your predictions. You moron cretino cafone ... stick to what you know

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