March 28, 2011 | In: Articles

Bayern Munich’s Holger Badstuber: Louis van Gaal helped me but it’s right that he leave

Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has criticised Louis van Gaal’s coaching style but admits the Dutch tactician played an important role in the development of his career.

Van Gaal will leave FC Hollywood at the end of the season, and Badstuber claims that the coach failed to strike a rapport with the players.

“He didn’t encourage [us or] inspire confidence,” said the 22-year-old German international.

Badstuber also attributed Van Gaal’s demise at the Allianz Arena to his constant chopping and changing of the starting XI.

“If you change a lot, especially in the defence, it is not beneficial and trustworthy,” Badstuber claimed.

Although Badstuber believes it was the correct decision for the coach to leave, he wanted to highlight that the 59-year-old’s contribution to his career had been significant.

“I owe a lot to van Gaal. Without him I would not now be with the national team,” the powerful defender said alluding to Van Gaal’s decision to promote the youngster from Bayern’s second team to the first XI.

Looking ahead, Badstuber welcomed new coach Jupp Heynckes with open arms.

“When he was here two years ago, over the last five games he raised the second team. That was a good experience.”

Heynckes will take charge of Bayern in the summer after agreeing to leave Bayer Leverkusen for a third stint with the Rekordmeister.

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