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      Barcelona icon Xavi has revealed he thought Louis van Gaal was an idiot after just two days of training with the Dutchman.The current Manchester United boss handed Xavi his Barcelona debut in 1998 and the midfielder, who now plays for Al Sadd in Qatar, admits he was soon convinced by Van Gaal's methods.'After two days of training under him, I thought “who is this idiot?” After a week, I thought “he's right.” He'll always be in my heart, Louis van Gaal,' Xavi toldESPN FC.

      The 35-year-old, who won La Liga eight times and the Champions League on four occasions during 17 years at the Nou Camp, also insisted Jose Mourinho was far more than a translator at Barcelona and expressed his shock at the Chelsea manager's reputation for being a defensive coach.Mourinho worked under Sir Bobby Robson in Spain and remained with Barcelona when Van Gaal took charge.Speaking of the impact Mourinho had on the team, Xavi said: 'He was excellent in his three years at Barca.

      They said he was a translator. Rubbish. He was the assistant coach, someone who understood the philosophy of Barca and who shared many of the same characteristics of Van Gaal.'He was very respected by the players. He trained us sometimes alone at Barca B and he was excellent.'I'm surprised that he became known for another type of football, more defensive, because he wasn't like that with us.'

      Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3320208/Xavi-thought-Manchester-United-boss-Louis-van-Gaal-idiot-soon-realised-right-Chelsea-s-Jose-Mourinho-wasn-t-defensive-Barcelona.html?ICO=most_read_module

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      But that Van gaal guy is truly eccentric…most times.

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      But that Van gaal guy is truly eccentric…most times.

      You can say that again.

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