Greatest Louis Van Gaal Quotes, a complete collection

Fri 21 May 2021 | 6:31

A look back at the greatest Louis Van Gaal quotes including his comments on football and the biggest players of the world.

Louis Van Gaal is among the greatest football figures of all time. During his managerial career, Van Gaal won over 20 major trophies including the Bundesliga title with

Bayern Munich

, The La Liga title with FC Barcelona and the Uefa Europa League with Manchester United. He also managed the Dutch national team in two separate spells and reached the third place of the 2014 World Cup.

Van Gaal had a unique philosophy of football. He was famous for his attacking systems and also for his ability to get the best out of young talents. His footballing principles have significantly influenced the football career of many players and managers.

Van Gaal did not have a successful career as a player. He played over 300 games, mainly for Dutch clubs. As a manager he guided 5 teams (Barcelona, Ajax Amsterdam, Bayern Munich, AZ Alkmaar and

Manchester United

). Managing the Netherlands was his only experience at the international level. He retired in 2017 after leaving his last club, Manchester United. He is truly among the most influential figures in the history of the beautiful game. In the following article we present you with a complete collection of

Louis Van Gaal quotes


A collection of the greatest Louis Van Gaal Quotes

A complete collection of Louis Van Gaal quotes including his footballing philosophy as well as his comments on





Louis Van Gaal quotes about his own personality:

Van Gaal was famous for his bluntness and high spirit. He usually spoke well of himself, which gave the impression that he is a narcissist. His strong-willed attitude and disciplines were not easy to handle for many players, but those who managed to get along with him admitted his influence on their performances.

Louis van Gaal has nothing more to learn.

I told the board we would celebrate winning every title. I’m a party animal.

Am I the one who’s so smart, or are you so stupid?

The most important thing about a person is that you know who you are and what you want. You should be capable of introspection and evaluate yourself.

Every human being is special because they all have identities.

I speak English my way, but people understand it. You can understand everything I say, and that's the most important thing.

The media likes me because I give honest answers. How many people in football give honest answers? I don't lie. Always the truth. OK, maybe my truth. But it is the truth.

I have the body of a God. Lederhosen suits me. But I also have a belly.

When I think I’ve made an error, it can cause me a sleepless night. But that only happens rarely.

The basis of my confidence is that I wasn't a talented player. I was a talented human being. At school, I always had good figures. I was the captain of all my football teams. I studied physical education at the Academy, so I learned to analyse, to observe, and to take decisions.

I cry almost every day. Theres always something that touches me.

I am who I am: confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative.

When I think I've made an error, it can cause me a sleepless night. But that only happens rarely.

You have to live in the present, I think.

I hope that all the people who work with me remember me as a human being.

Everybody thinks I am a narcissist. I am actually the opposite of that.

I have no ambition to be a technical director or TV pundit.

I am amazed when people say I am single-minded.

I am not a dictator; I am a communicator.

Louis Van Gaal quotes about football and his own philosophy

The legendary Dutch manager is famous for his interesting and inspirational views on football and the ideal way it should be played. He won almost every possible award during his career and it is certainly interesting to know more on

Louis van Gaal best quotes

about football.

We have to keep the ball better and we have to move the ball quicker – that’s always what we have to do. Desire… it is a great word. I often use the word “horny” with my players.

The most important difference is that I am training the players, not in the legs, but in the brain, in brain power,” On the footballing philosophy he loved to rattle on about.

I don’t know. First I have to see how the players perform my philosophy and how quickly they can pick up my philosophy. Until then I cannot answer. It’s very important there is a click between the players and the managers.” After taking over as Man United boss.

We have to keep the ball better and we have to move the ball quicker – that’s always what we have to do. Desire… it is a great word. I often use the word “horny” with my players.

That’s my philosophy, the players have to accept the captain – the first captain is Wayne Rooney, the second captain is Michael Carrick and last year the third captain was Mr Mike Smalling. Sorry, I mean Chris Smalling.”

The fans are shouting every week, Louis van Gaal’s army! Louis van Gaal’s army!

I said to my players I was squeezing my ass, but it was the wrong expression. I have twitched my ass on the bench because we were out of balance.

The most important difference is that I am training the players, not in the legs, but in the brain, in brain power," Van Gaal on his footballing philosophy in July 2014.

When you are not willing to follow the principles of the philosophy, then there is only one way and that is out," Van Gaal on Victor Valdes refusing to play for Manchester United's U21 squad in July 2015.

I don't have any problems with players but sometimes they are out of the team because their competitor is in that moment in a better shape, but that doesn't mean that I have a quarrel with the player. It's a matter of form," Van Gaal on Memphis Depay not being selected with Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard preferred over the Dutch international in November 2015.

The pressure was higher when I was starting out as a manager because I had more to lose then but, no, that doesn't affect my hunger or desire now because I don't want to finish my career with the club sacking me," Van Gaal admits his position could be untenable at Manchester United in December 2015.

There are matches that I have enjoyed and there are also matches where I'm very bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponent's defence, but that is football," Van Gaal after his side ended an eight-match winless run against Swansea in January 2016.

My ambition is that I have the best players who can collaborate with each other to form the best team in the world.

Running is for animals. You need a brain and a ball for football.

If certain players do not carry out their tasks properly on the pitch then their colleagues will suffer.

I am a coach who thinks always in the long term.

A system depends on the players you have. I played 4-3-3 with


, 2-3-2-3 with


and a 4-4-2 with AZ. I'm flexible. The philosophy stays the same though. I don't think that you can adapt it to every possible situation. You need the right mindset, and it depends on how the players see the coach and vice versa. The coach is the focal point of the team but you need to have an open mind, and so do all the players. Everyone needs to work together to achieve a common goal.

I'm not the kind of coach who just goes out and buys players for the sake of it. I'm a coach who wants to - and can - improve players.

When I buy, I buy players for the long term, not the short term because I do respect the club a lot and also the other clubs.

A player you can buy in 24 hours, believe me. That's not a problem

I think the team is always better than the individual player.

You have to play football to entertain the fans.

I always tried to defend high up the pitch, to be in the opposition's half and play the game there.

I am not a usual coach: it doesn't matter for me who are scoring the goals.

It's a principle of my philosophy that you have to respect the individual human being.

Preparing your tactical formation is essential. Each player needs to know where he has to be, and that is why there needs to be mutual understanding: because you need absolute discipline.

When you have a lot of ball possession, you have a lot of ball possession to create chances, not to play the ball around and not score.

I think I could have worked as a technical director. But in this role, you can't attend training or say anything for fear it won't suit the coach, directors, or media. I don't think I want a job like that.

The pitch is the most important material for a football player.

I like it if a coach enjoys himself and is passionate.

You need always guts to put youngsters in the squad and also in the line-up.

In the football world, you have to deliver. However, as an ex-player, you always have more credit.

I am open with the players, with my media officer, and also the media.

Yes, I have a philosophy, and you have to come with good arguments to change that philosophy, but, if someone has a better argument than me, then I will change.

You are always evaluating. That philosophy is very important for me. Because of that, I am - or maybe I should say was - a very successful manager.

Players can play bad, and certainly when you have only three days or six days training sessions in your legs, and you have to play 45 minutes. Everybody can say that it's easy to step in, but it is not easy.

I always played attacking football.

I think, always, the form of the players is a decisive factor. And a game-plan and the referee. He can influence the game. And in a derby, a cool head is also very important.

Louis Van Gaal quotes on Messi and Ronaldo

In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is mostly between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Van Gaal praised both Messi and Ronaldo many times in his interviews. Here are Louis Van Gaal quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Louis van Gaal best quotes about Lionel Messi:

I like Messi as an individual player. He’s the best individual player in the world because his stats are amazing. I like him! But I think Messi should ask himself how it is possible that he’s gone so long without winning a Champions League.

Why hasn’t he won a Champions League for five years? Why? As captain, you have to ask yourself why the team doesn’t win in Europe .Barca have a fantastic squad. I think that Messi is aka responsible for what is happening at Barcelona, not just the coach.

Guardiola made him play to the benefit of the team but the last few coaches have adapted too much to Messi instead of protecting the team spirit. Team spirit is the most important thing. Guardiola won [the Champions League] with Barcelona because he had Messi and because he didn’t let Messi play in his own way. That’s the difference. Messi adjusted to Guardiola’s plan, not the other way around."

Best quotes by Louis Van Gaal abut Cristiano Ronaldo:

Ronaldo is a fantastic, fantastic player but he knows that. I like him.

Ronaldo plays on the wings and he is fast and scores goals. There is no trainer in the world that doesn't like him.

Top quotes by Louis Van Gaal about famous football players and teams

In this part of our article on we will have a look at the

top quotes by Louis Van Gaal

about other football great stars and teams including his comments on Guardiola, Robben and Wayne Rooney.

On Liverpool:

For me, Liverpool is a fantastic club. Because I have won every game against Liverpool.

On a 14-year-old Gerard Pique:

You’re too weak to be a Barcelona defender.

On Arjen Robben wearing leggings in the winter:

I’ve never worn anything like that. I’m never cold. I’m hot-blooded, my wife says so too. We always sleep spooning.

On dropping Ballon d’Or winner, Rivaldo from his Barcelona squad in 1999:

Yesterday Rivaldo spoke to me and said he no longer wanted to play on the left. Because of that, he’s been left out of the squad. It was a surprise for me and a surprise for his team-mates. It’s a great shame. Barcelona has always had the philosophy that the club comes ahead of everyone – the players, the coach and all the employees.

On Guardiola:

“Guardiola follows the Van Gaal Philosophy. So I'm not surprised Bayern have hired Guardiola. Bayern always hire the best managers.”

On Markus Rashford:

Rashford's pace is incredible. You don't catch him when he breaks away.

On Wayne Rooney:

OK, Wayne Rooney is always the center of attention, and I always have to answer questions about him. But Wayne is Wayne, and he will always contribute in a game.

On criticism from Paul Scholes:

 We didn’t have any money [at Ajax] and we were bankrupt, so I had to look to youth. We won everything with very attacking football. I don’t say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry!

Why is he saying something? Because of the benefit of the club, or the benefit of himself?

On Sam Allardyce’s long balls:

When a colleague of mine is saying this kind of thing, then you have to see the data and you have to put the data in the right context, I believe. So I give you this [handing out a dossier on long balls], you can see this also. I give it to you and maybe you can go Big Sam and show it to him.

Best quotes by Louis Van Gaal about the biggest teams he managed

We wrap up our article on

Louis Van Gaal quotes

with a collection of his most famous comments about the biggest clubs he worked at.

On the Dutch National team:

On being appointed Netherlands manager in 2000: “I’ve signed a contract with the Dutch national team until 2006, so I can win the World Cup not once but twice.” (He would resign after the Dutch failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup)

I've signed a contract with the Dutch national team until 2006. So I can win the World Cup not once but twice.

On Ajax Amsterdam:

On being appointed Ajax manager in 1991: “Congratulations on signing the best coach in the world.”

We didn’t have any money [at Ajax] and we were bankrupt, so I had to look to youth. We won everything with very attacking football. I don’t say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry!” His response to criticism from United legend Paul Scholes

With Ajax, I played Mexico in Mexico City, and our players could hardly keep up for half the match.

On Barcelona:

On being appointed Barcelona manager in 1997: “I have achieved more with Ajax in six years than Barcelona has in one hundred years.”

On Bayern Munich:

The Bavarian attitude to life suits me perfectly. Why? Bayerns motto is Mia san mia, We are who we are and I am who I am: confident, arrogant, dominant, honest, hard-working and innovative.

At Bayern, the people in charge are football men. I always appreciated that.

On Manchester United:

"I have never had an experience when you lose or draw at home when they are applauding you. They were very important in my first six months," Van Gaal on the support of the Manchester United fans during his time at the club in December 2014.

"I hope that we succeed but still we have to be aware that it's not like it's a piece of cake," Van Gaal warned his side after they qualified for the Champions League last season.

I thought always Manchester United can buy every player because they have a lot of power.

I worked at the number one team in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and now also in England.

It was always a wish for me to work in the Premier League. To work as a manager for Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, makes me very proud. I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I'm sure we will make history.

I have been privileged during my management career to have won 20 trophies, but winning the FA Cup, which is steeped in so much history, will always be one of the most special achievements of my career.

If you ask me how I did at United, I will say it was my best year ever, given the circumstances I was working under. We played football that was quite alright. But it's not football that is appreciated in England.

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